14 Drought-Resistant Vegetables To Plant In Case Of Water Shortage

14 Drought-Resistant Vegetables To Plant In Case Of Water Shortage
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Here’s a quick list of 14 veg that are known to be more drought tolerant than others. Useful to know!

1. Beans (all varieties, pole and dry beans)
2. Cantaloupe
3. Okra
4. Cucumber
5. Eggplant
6. Melon
7. Pepper (all varieties)
8. Sweet Potato
9. Tomatillo
10. Jicama
11. Sweet and Seed Corn
12. Squash (Winter and Summer)
13. Watermelon
14. Tomato (try early producing or heat-resistant varieties like Early Girl, Roma, Marvel Striped)

Other veg that are “somewhat resistant” to dry climates:

15. Rhubarb
16. Arugula
17. Chard
18. Turnips
19. Potatoes
20. Endive
21. Garlic
22. Leeks
23. Cabbage
24. Onions
25. Spinach
26. Asparagus
27. Woody Herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregano)
28. Beets
29. Broccoli

6 Extra Ways To Help Your Garden Withstand Drought

There are plenty more things you can do in order to help you get through a drought:

1. Mulch

Mulch will not only retain moisture but will also protect the soil underneath from being baked by the sun. Mulch also suppresses weeds which of course would ‘steal’ some of the moisture from the plants you want to grow! You may wish to avoid using plastic sheet as this can heat up the ground.

2. Collect rainwater

Assuming of course that your region doesn’t have some crazy laws prohibiting this – a rainwater barrel system can collect a large amount of water and provide a very valuable source when things get dry.

3. Reuse greywater

We throw away gallons of usable water daily. Water from showering, hand washing and dish washing can be collected / diverted to the garden.

4. Drip irrigation

One of the benefits of a drip irrigation system is that it can deliver water precisely where it is needed and keep soil moist on an ongoing basis. If watering is done “all at once”, much of that water runs off and is wasted. The same volume of water, delivered gradually, will result in more of the water going to the plant and less going to waste.

5. Raised beds / retaining walls

A solid barrier in the ground will retain moisture and help keep it in the garden.

6. Time your planting

Getting your veg started earlier will increase yields and enable you to get some crops in before late summer drought conditions kick in. Depending on your climate, you may be able to grow late, into the fall and prior to winter.

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