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List of Drought Tolerant Food Crops

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Throughout the world weather patterns seem to be changing. For example, droughts in Cyprus are becoming more frequent but is this just cyclical or the growing impact of climate change.  

Climate change is predicted to lead to more rainfall globally but the distribution is likely to change with some regions experiencing more droughts and others more floods.

If you are in a region that is likely to experience more droughts It may be worth considering switching to growing more drought tolerant crops. These crops will need water to germinate and during their early stages of growth but can cope with dryer conditions once established.

If water availability for supplementary watering is limited it is good practice to space plants further apart than normal to give roots more space to search for available water. Mulching will also help to keep the ground cooler, retain any moisture and If you use organic matter it will break down to feed the soil.

The following are vegetables, trees, vines and herbs you might want to consider as insurance against drought conditions and which will ensure you will still obtain some sort of crop.

Vegetables: amaranth, garlic, onions, purslane, spinach, sweet potatoes, asparagus, black eyed beans (or cow peas), chickpeas, peanuts, leeks, melons, okra, pumpkins, tomatoes, parsnips, carrots and rhubarb.

Fruits: apricots, date plams, avocado, carob, mulberries, figs, grapes, peaches, pomegranates, olives, goji berries and prickly pear 

Nuts: almonds, walnuts and pistachio (once established)

Herbs: fennel, borage, calendula, dandelions, lavender, rosemary, savory, thyme, wormwood, garlic chives, oregano and chives.


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    • lostpuppy


      You are pushing a positive for a GMO crop or plant??
      Cypress Gardner …. I would think a Gardner would know the difference between good food and foul foods
      Have you not seen that it only took 9 months of eating gmo’s for the white mouse to develop a tumor??
      Or that these crops do not produce seed? Isn’t that kind of a problem for gardening?

      There is defiantly other methods already circulating on how to have a self sustaining garden without using a bad seed to start with..

      So you live in a drought area, and it might get worse , so buy a seed that can only be used once and does not give you anything for next years crop, then you go back to Monsanto or Dow chem or some other seed producer for another year of crops…

      Oxymoron here….the true seed producers are the fruits and vegetables that are not modified, as you get next years seeds and really there should be more seed for more crop.

      I just can’t believe I saw this story…I almost signed in a bit ago….but the story was just rubbish…like this one.

      Only I will never condone a GMO … To many lies, too much money pumped into the initiatives against labeling if GMO …. In two states I have lived.

      You plant your GMO …you eat your GMO and within two years your garden will be for sale…you will not be around to sell it.

      • Cyprus Gardener

        lost puppy – what can I say other than I totally agree with you and have not and would not advocate GMO. All the crops I listed have a natural drought tolerance.

        If you had visited my blog you would find lots of articles about seed saving and about organic gardening.

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