Low Water Vegetables

Home and Garden - Gardening
By: CJeanne    
09-Mar-2014

Introduction:For home gardeners having to conserve water in the year ahead, here are 5 vegetables with low water needs.

  • 01

    Herbs

    Once established, herbs such as thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage can get by with very little water. Even though I live in a semi-arid climate, these fragrant herbs seem to thrive quite well with once-a-month waterings.

  • 02

    Water Wise Tomatoes

    From my own experience, early yielding tomato varieties such as Romas, Jet Stars and Early Girls use far less water than those yummy beefsteaks and other late varieties which need 100 days or more to mature. Quick yielding, cherry tomato varieties such as sun gold, black cherry, and yellow pear heirloom also have lower water needs.

  • 03

    Peppers

    All peppers are suited for low water yards, though varieties such as mini bells and small sized spicy peppers have less watering needs that their larger size counterparts.

  • 04

    Rhubarb

    I have over 20 rhubarb plants in my yard and can't recall when I've had to water any of them. This yummy "pie fruit" matures in the early spring while the ground is still moist and spends the next 8 months in dormancy until next year's spring thaw.

  • 05

    Okra

    Even though Okra is a southern US garden staple, I've also been able to grow it quite successfully in Zone 6b. Okra uses about the same amount of water as my pepper plants which is pretty minimal.




Final Thoughts

While this isn't a complete list of low water vegetables, it does cover some of the more popular garden produce that is found in American gardens. With so many of us having to watch our water usage this year, planting early maturing, drought tolerant veggies will make veggie gardening possible despite low levels of irrigation water.


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