The severe Texas drought, now in its third year, brings with it blistering summer heat and lack of rainfall, which makes summer gardening in Central Texas a challenge.
The low water levels of lakes Travis and Buchanan that supply Austin’s water necessitate Stage 2 water restrictions, which, for residential properties, means limits on the time of day and day of week you can water. The city has made a few exceptions for vegetable gardens, but it is still important to use water conservation methods such as drip irrigation and soaker hoses, which are exempt from water restrictions.
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Vanessa Toro is the Grow Local education coordinator at the Sustainable Food Center.