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Friday, July 6, 2012

From Bonnie Marron

Lawn & Garden Tips during a Drought from CBS News
Unless you have well-established, drought tolerant plants you are going to have to water regularly; and during a heat wave proper irrigation of your lawn and garden is crucial. Below are some tips:
1. Lawns and gardens need about two inches per week during the height of summer.
2. Water early (near dawn) to reduce water loss through evaporation.
3. Water thoroughly and deeply. Soak the ground to a depth of six inches.
4. Don't water lawns and landscapes every day. If you water deeply and thoroughly, you won't have to. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
Containers (especially hanging baskets and window boxes) are the exception and may require daily soakings.
The veggie garden is a little different. All crops will require regular watering to produce well. If your veggie garden has already been toasted by the heat, all hope is not lost. You still have time to plant beans this year and get a crop. For hot dry weather select cowpeas, black-eyed peas, and yard-long beans. These tough plants will fruit with more heat and less water than most other crops.
If all else fails you can always try a good old-fashioned rain dance.