Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 19, 2013

Permaculture could be farming’s future

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DEALING WITH DROUGHT

• Keep a weather log and follow regional statistics to assess baselines and emerging trends.

• Store as much water as you can and have more than one source of supply.

• Feed soil and keep it covered.

• Cluster and layer plantings. Put small plants in the shade of big ones to protect from frost and sun.

• When water must be rationed, apply limited amounts regularly. Favor long-lived or high-value plantings that have a chance.

• Use the cooler seasons to grow more annuals.

• Adapt by choosing a variety of crops, including those that tolerate high heat.

• Consider installing drip irrigation and monitor water consumption closely.

DETAILS

• FGA’s mission is “to build a regional food system that is sustainable, healthful and just,” reports President Kathy Cooley. Info: www.foodandgrowers.org.

 

 

 

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