(April 16, 2014) Garden vegetables are not known for being particularly drought tolerant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy home-grown vegetables.
A water-efficient vegetable garden starts with a foundation of well-amended soil. Help your soil retain moisture by applying compost before planting. Once plants are established, add mulch periodically to reduce surface evaporation and soil temperatures. Drip irrigation or water from a rain barrel can be used to apply the water exactly where it is needed and minimize waste, said Joyce Warren, a City of Frisco water resources manager.
Keep in mind that, during Stage 3 water restrictions, watering with a sprinkler system is limited to one day per week, and only if necessary, on your residential trash day. Watering is not permitted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But by taking a few simple steps, you can continue to use water efficiently, while also indulging in a fun, healthy springtime hobby, Warren said.