Sur­vival Tips

Dos and don’ts to en­cour­age a minimal-ir­ri­ga­tion garden

Condé Nast House & Garden - - GARDEN PROJECT -

Plant Pal­ette

Use plants that are adapted to dry con­di­tions, such as in­dige­nous and suc­cu­lent species.

Se­lect Small

Young plants toughen into their en­vi­ron­ment as they de­velop. Larger plants are trick­ier to es­tab­lish in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

no Pam­per­ing

Once your young plants have es­tab­lished, slowly de­crease ir­ri­ga­tion to en­cour­age tough, hard­ened plants.

build The Soil

No chem­i­cal feed­ing will al­low the natural my­c­or­rhizal sym­bio­sis in the soil to de­velop. This will help plants sur­vive in tough con­di­tions.

Pro­tect The Soil

Cover soil with lots of mulch to keep roots cool and de­crease leach­ing and evap­o­ra­tion.

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