Gardening through the drought

Gardening through the drought

When water is scarce and the garden is brown, how do you keep the gardening spirit alive? You can’t make it rain, but there are little things you can do to keep your spirits up, and create a corner of colour and interest.

  • Make a splash While all around is drab, brighten up your surroundings with something colourful – even if it isn’t a plant. Paint the fence or even a dead plant, make a mosaic garden bench, create a colourful garden sculpture, fence or gate, or put up coloured lights to enjoy after sunset.
  • Add potted colour Plant a few flower seedlings, such as nasturtium, native daisy, salvia or dwarf snapdragon, into pots for a boost. Place them where they welcome you home, or where you can easily see them. Water daily with wastewater from indoors.
  • Green the indoors As your garden outside shuts down, beef up your indoor plant collection to create a lush, green oasis.
  • Get together with other gardeners Join your local garden club or community garden, or follow an online garden group, so you don’t feel so alone or overwhelmed. This will also help you discover how other gardeners are coping in the dry conditions.
  • Don’t give up Avoid making any rash decisions, such as bulldozing the garden or ripping out established shrubs. Many plants will recover and regrow when the rain returns. Plants that have been growing for years have weathered droughts before.

For more ideas to help you garden through dry times, pick up a copy of the February 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine.