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