My corner of the world is approaching our drought season. About two to three months of little rain fall. Over the last couple years I’ve been experimenting with how much water the garden really needs. I try to reserve water for new shrubs and perennials that have been planted the current year, plants in containers, and vegetables/fruits that need water to grow.
One thing I’ve realized is that some vegetables need a lot less water than thought. Last year the peas produced a reasonable crop without putting water on them once (other than rain). The year before I grew a patch of cherry tomatoes that weren’t watered after July. Those plants produced just about as well as the ones that were watered.
This year’s experiment is shell beans (“Dragon tongue). They will be watered by hand and I am measuring how much water I use. I want to see how much rainwater would have to be stored to have a crop. I watered them for the first time yesterday-1 gallon.