February 18, 2014
When the water company sends a letter informing residents that if the lack of rain persists, come mid-July the town will run out of water, it kind of puts a damper on enjoying this glorious weather.
Ever since that warning hit my mailbox I’ve been doing research, collecting tips for drought tolerant gardening. I was planning on sharing a recipe here today, but this feels like more important information to share (did you buy that cover? I’m a little behind on recipe inspiration at the moment…and this is timely information for the California contingency).
Check your sprinklers and make sure they are sprinkling your plants, rather than pathways or house.
Mulch like crazy – keeps the soil cool and reduces evaporation. It also improves soil and prevents weeds.
Plant drought resistant trees and plants.
Prioritize: Save your larger/older species shrubs and vines that add charm to your garden. New plantings and grasses can easily be replaced.
Drip systems are terrific and can be buried for deep watering, which translates to less watering.
My years of Catholic upbringing are showing. Now, I’m feeling guilty about the drought and not having a recipe ready — we made our favorite lentil tacos this weekend served with naked guacamole, do these links to recipes count for anything?