Drought Resistant Soil:
Making soil more drought resistant is easy, there are many things you can add to it which change its water-retention abilities.
- Organic matter. Adding compost can improve soil structure, therefore enhancing its water-holding capacity.
- Mulching. Adding mulch to the garden such as wood chips or leaves to the soil surface provides a protective barrier to the soil, this reduces the amount of water evaporation.
- Water-retaining additives. Water-absorbing crystals, or hydrogels can be added to soil to improve its water retention as these additives slowly release water into the soil.
- Monitoring. Make sure to check the soil with your finger to measure how moist the soil is. This can inform when to water, ensuring the soil is dry to a certain level before watering again to prevent overwatering.