To cut down on the supplemental water that your garden will need during hot, dry periods in the summer, take action in the spring:
- Choose plants wisely. Look for plants that tolerate drought.
- Amend the soil with organic matter, especially if it is sandy. Clay soil and rich soil are better able to retain water than sandy soil.
- Space plants close together. Closely planted gardens are more likely to get by without supplemental watering than gardens with wide empty spaces are.
- Mulch! Several inches of mulch will help the soil conserve moisture.
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