Answer: The easiest, most effective, and possibly least expensive way to conserve moisture in a garden is by using mulching material. A lot of things can make a mulch, usually organic; you can even buy packaged mulching materials. Mulches are applied in layers 2 to 4 inches deep around trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Keep the mulch material about 1 to 2 inches away from the trunk or stem of the plant. Now would also be a good time to start planting some windbreak plants, even if it's only smallfast-growing shrubs on the windward side of the vegetable bed.
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