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Gardening During a Drought

Search terms and subject headings to search the Internet or the library catalog:

Desert Gardening;
Drought-tolerant plants;
Irrigation and drip, trickle; soak(er) and seep hoses, sprinkler;
Prairie flora;


For Native plants from dry places search "botany" or "plants" and:

Mediterranean Region
Pacific Northwest

Local Publications and Local Writers

Books and articles available from the Miller Library

Drought? Bring It On by Valerie Easton

How to drought-proof your garden by Valerie Easton

How Seattle Tilth Farmers are Beating the Heat

Article on conifer die-back caused by drought by Librarian Carol Orion (on p. 5)
Planting in a drought year by Librarian Carol Orion (on page 5)

Knowledgebase results for "drought" reference question/answers and recommended websites.


Saving Water PartnershipSaving Water Partnership- A Service of Seattle and participating area water utilities, with practical information on improving soil and choosing the right plants.

An excerpt from the Pacific Northwest Garden Survival Guide by Debra Prinzing
Drought will be tough, but not fatal to gardens by Linda Plato
The Organic Garden: A dry garden can be lush and water-wise by Ann Lovejoy, Seattle P.I.
The foundations of drought-tolerant gardens by Ann Lovejoy, Seattle P.I.
No shortage of ways to deal with the trickle effect by Marty Wingate
Plants have to be tough to hang out on the streets by Marty Wingate
Keep plants going without a bank-breaking water bill by Mary Robson

Drought Tolerant Plant Lists & Demo Gardens

The Plant List by the Saving Water Partnership
Bellevue Botanical Gardens Waterwise Garden
WSU Grant/Adams Counties Master Gardener Drought Tolerant Demonstration Garden

Harvesting the Rain, and other Alternatives

Seattle Public Utilities Rain Water Harvesting
King County RainWise Program
King County Rain Barrel Information
Harvest The Rain from Mother Earth News
Rainwater Harvesting 88 page pdf from Texas
Grey water - reusing household wash water by Oasis Design

Irrigation Options

Soaker hose information from the Saving Water Partnership
Water Wisely With Drip Irrigation by Fine Gardening
Technical information on irrigation evaporation and runoff from Clemson University
Source for drip irrigation supplies: Dripirrigation.com

Local Mulch Sources (no endorsement implied)

Carpinito Brothers Farm, 1148 Central Ave. N, Kent | 206-623-8103
Cedar Grove Composting, 17825 Cedar Grove Rd. SE, Maple Valley | 425-432-2395
Dejong's Sawdust and Shavings, 11818 184th Ave NE, Redmond |425-885-1821
Dirt Exchange, 1521 NW 50th St, Seattle | 206-599-3478
Manufacturer's Minerals (grit & sand), 1215 Monster Rd SW, Renton | 425-228-2120
Pacific Topsoils, many King Co. locations | 800-884-SOIL (7645)
Sawdust Supply, 6314 7th Ave. S ("at 7th and Michigan in the Georgetown area") Seattle | 206-622-4321
Free wood chips: many tree service companies will deliver for free.
Straw and alfalfa sold by the bale: look up "feed dealers" in Yellow Pages.

Tools and Data

Water use calculator
US Drought Monitor
US Drought Portal
Seattle water supply graph

More Local Articles

WSU Cooperative Extension articles:
Home Water-Saving Methods
Horticultural Techniques for Successful Plant Establishment
(Myth) Watering Plants on a Hot Sunny Day will Scorch Their Leaves
(Myth) Use of Drought-tolerant Plants Reduces Residential Water Consumption

Last modified:
Friday, 05-May-2017 10:48:17 PDT