Friday, June 09, 2006

Veggie Gardens in dry conditions

Because here in Florida we have two additional seasons: Dry (drought) and Wet (hurricane) the early part of the growing season can be difficult. My husband and I have two separate methods for combating the dry conditions.

For myself, I start my seeds indoors and early, then I transplant them into containers for the first cycle of growth. With this method I can ensure adequate moisture levels in the crucial growth stages. When the plants are ready, usually around late May, I transplant them into my actual garden.

Now my Husband thinks that this is two steps too many. His garden thrives every year despite the yearly dry season. His method is simple. He begins in late February by turning the leaves he stores from the fall into the garden soil. Then when he is ready to sow the seeds, instead of making individual holes and covering the seeds with the soil, he makes a shallow trench row, spreads the seeds, and then covers the seeds with more leaves. He waits until after dark to do his watering so that more of the water gets to the plants for a longer period of time.

Both these methods have worked for us year after year. If you have a time issue the second method may be best for you.

Happy Gardening!

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