Kc Simmons wrote:
One thought I had to try this year was to do a thick layer of carbon mulch on the surface, then chop green weeds/vegetation and, instead of putting them on the top of the mulch, I could bury them under the carbon on the soil surface. My thinking is that the large percentage of the plant that's water would go into the soil and/or mulch, instead of evaporating when drying on top of the mulch.
Has anyone tried this?
Eric said: Anne, So do you have a preferred method of getting precious moisture to your plants?
Eric said: Do you grow veggies too? How/do you irrigate those?
Shauna said: I'd call it mulching with stones. Rock or sand mulch (covering the entire area with 1-2 inch layer of small rocks/gravel/sand) is really popular here
shauna carr wrote:Oh, just thought of something else that might impact drought and plants that is a bit more on the unexplored side, but could be something interesting to check out!
Plant communication during drought conditions.
I've seen more than one study now on plants communicating with each other, and one of the things that is communicated is drought conditions, typically via the root system and Mycorrhizal networks created by fungi in the soil. For example, plants have communicated with other species of plants when a drought hits and it encourages the other plants to prepare for drought as well (like to close their stomata and slow down water loss, for example). It helps more plants have less water loss.
It's something that makes me wonder if planting in ways that encourage more roots intermingling, or with plants that are more sensitive to drought intermingled with other plants (I know they exist, but don't know what they are, yet), could be helpful. Also, the thing permies talk about anyway, good soil and fungus, might be helpful not only in healthy soil, but also in our plants getting a slight edge in preparing for droughts more rapidly.
I haven't seen a lot of research in how much of a difference this makes, practically speaking, but it's a fun concept to explore, you know?