Are you battling drought conditions or live in a dry climate and looking for edible plants you can grow in these conditions? Well, this article is for you. We look at four drought hardy herbs that will cope with dry weather and minimal water.
Our top four drought tolerant herbs are rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme. While these herbs are great for dry climate conditions, they do of course still need water from time to time. There aren’t too many plants I know of that will survive with no moisture what so ever. But these plants are hardy once established and will cope with a fraction of the water required by many plants.
Growing herbs are great for first-time gardeners and these herbs in particular due to their low maintenance nature.
Many common herbs are native to the Mediterranean region. These plants thrive in dry sunny conditions in their native lands and they’ll happily grow in these conditions in your garden.
However, you can help protect plants by mulching the soil around the herbs. This will go along way to retaining soil moisture and protecting the roots.
while new plants are establishing themselves in the garden, plant growth can be supported with an organic liquid fertilizer such as this fish fertilizer or this seaweed fertilizer. After this time, fertilization isn’t necessary. In fact, these herbs may even benefit from some neglect resulting in a more flavorsome herb.
Our selection of herbs below are perennials, meaning they last several years, in the right conditions. So you can plant them today and you can enjoy them for a few years will minimal maintenance!
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that thrives in hot weather.
As a perennial, rosemary lasts 5-6 years before it becomes too woody and needs replacing. But the great news is that if you are already growing rosemary, you can grow new rosemary plants easily from cuttings.
This plant makes a great hedge and will also grow happily in pots.
Rosemary can be pruned at the end of summer to help keep it in great condition.
In The Kitchen: As the perfect complement to roast lamb, rosemary is a must-have your garden at home.
Sage is an attractive greyish-green leafed herb that does very well in a drought hardy garden.
Like rosemary, sage can also be grown from cuttings and makes a pretty border or scattered throughout the vegetable garden. Growing sage in pots and containers is also an option if space is limited.
Sage may die back in the cold but does come back again in the spring, providing the conditions are right. However, sage will not survive harsh winters so if you live in this type of climate you can either plant the herb in pots and bring it inside from the cold or plant sage as an annual (lasting only one season).
In The Kitchen: sage is a wonderful accompaniment to chicken (hello stuffing!) and fish.
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Growing oregano is so easy! When this herb is really happy, it will grow and spread as a lovely ground cover. Or oregano can be contained in pots if space is limited.
Oregano may benefit from cutting back to near ground level during cold climate winters with protection in the form of a light cover of mulch. During spring oregano will re-shoot.
In The Kitchen: oregano is amazing on pizza and tomato-based sauces. Some people prefer oregano in it’s dried form in culinary dishes. A food dehydrator is perfect for drying large batches of oregano. I recommend this food dehydrator.
Growing thyme is low maintenance and very easy.
Thyme makes an attractive border and will spread to fill available gapes in the garden. This herb can be easily divided to create more plants by digging up an established plant and separating part of the plant using a spade or cutting through the plant roots with secateurs. Both plants are then replanted. The division of thyme is best done in spring or fall.
In The Kitchen: thyme is an amazing all-rounder herb for savory dishes. From chicken, fish, pork, eggs and tomato sauce dishes, the list is endless. Versatile thyme provides enhanced flavor to sauces, stews, soups and more.
These herbs do not require large amounts of water. If you live in a climate with regular rain, that may be all these plants require. In times of drought or very dry climates, water may only be required weekly or when soil is entirely dry.
You can check the soil 1-2 inches below the surface if it feels dry, it’s time for watering. Let the soil dry between watering and remember these herbs grow well in dry conditions.
You can use this water gauge to measure the moisture in the soil.
Even in dry conditions, you can still plant and enjoy food from your garden. Not only are they attractive in the garden, but these four drought hardy herbs are easy herbs to grow and will bring amazing flavor to your home-cooked meals. So why not be self-sufficient in one or all of these herbs in your garden at home?
Water Gauge – measure the soil moisture level.
Liquid Fish Fertilizer – support newly planted herbs with a liquid fertilizer.
Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer – support newly planted herbs with a liquid fertilizer.
Food Dehydrator – drying your herbs is simple and easy with a dehydrator.
Are you interested in growing more food in your garden at home?
Click here for growing more herbs:
And here for How To Grow Delicious Lettuce.
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