- Storing water for later.
Utilise the roofs of sheds and greenhouses to collect rain water. Having a good number of containers doesn’t need to cost a whole lot of money.
In most areas there are company’s who recycle industrial tanks and drums, and sell these at a fraction of the price of domestic water butts.
- Condition the soil.
- Sowing seeds in a drought.
Take out a seed drill as normal, run water along the bottom of the seed drill, sow the seeds and cover with dry soil, lightly firm down. The dry earth on top will act as a mulch and conserve the moisture.
- Transplanting in a drought.
- Hoeing in a drought.
Hoeing the soil around the vegetable crops not only removes weeds that compete for moisture, but will also produces a fine tilth around the plants that helps stop evaporation.
- Mulching the soil.
Mulching protects the soil from the sun and wind, it also suppress weeds. Straw, well rotted garden compost and leaf mould are all excellent materials for mulching, and being organic they can be dug in at the end of the season to further help moisture retention in the soil.
Remove the rose end from the watering can and direct the water to the base of each plant / along the row of seedlings, where it will be the most beneficial.
- When to water in a drought.
- Selective watering.