It may seem irresponsible and nonsensical to plan edible gardening and landscaping during a drought, especially if you live in California.
As I continue to learn more about designing, organizing and taking care of the plants in our landscape and the edible plants I hope to harvest and bring to the table, I’m also aware that there are considerations and serious issues with regards to the drought in California, water usage requirements for healthy plants, and safe practices to ensure safe edible home-grown produce.
I’ll be further developing this section with resources and references with regards to responsible gardening methods and techniques. Any posts I write on the subject will be linked here too.
Recent articles regarding home gardening in California during the drought:
- Drought Resistant Vegetables: Growing Drought Tolerant Vegetables In Gardens – Tips for growing low water vegetables and a list of drought resistant vegetables to consider
- Does It Make Sense to Grow Your Own Food During the Drought? – Six water-saving tips for vegetable gardening.
- Even in a drought, planting vegetables is good. – Consider the reduced carbon foot print when you shop in your own backyard…
- Ten tips for vegetable gardening during a drought – Ten simple drought tips to reduce water use in your backyard garden.
- Vegetable gardening in a drought – Ways to lower your water use and still have a healthy, fruitful garden.
- What vegetables can you grow during a summer of drought? – Beans were made to grow with little water, but melons, squash and tomatoes will succeed in drought conditions.
- Drought: Gardening Tips from the University of California – Water restrictions and conservation should be taken into consideration when designing an edible home garden. Homeowners can grow fruits and vegetables in their backyard using these water-wise practices.
- Drought Strategies for Vegetable Gardening by Rosalind Creasy – Many homeowners use more than half their household’s water on landscaping, so the biggest water savings can be made here. Some ways to cut down on water use in the garden.
- When in Drought – Plant Vegetables Now More Than Ever by Rosalind Creasy – An article from renown author Rosalind Creasy of the Edible Garden series of books sharing experiences of how we can use water more wisely for now and the future.