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Gardening in a Drought

From: Birds & Blooms

By: Jill Staake

A favorite aphorism among gardeners is that rainy days exist so we’ll have time to do housework. But while most of us much prefer a sunshiny afternoon in the garden to being stuck indoors with the vacuum, we also know that we need the rain. Most garden plants require 1 – 2 inches of rain a week to thrive. Many plants can muddle along with less, although they may not flower as profusely or grow as tall. But what about when the rain seems to stop altogether, for weeks or months? Gardening in a drought presents challenges, but thoughtful gardeners can make good use of the water available to them.

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