Drought Resistant Vegetable, Herb, And Flower Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Chester, VT
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Question by JSTORM5
January 8, 2000
Weather predictions found on the internet indicate possibly another unusually hot summer, even in Vermont. Which seeds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers might I consider for their drought resistance?

Answer from NGA
January 8, 2000
Most vegetables need a fairly consistent supply of moisture to thrive. Try choosing varieties that mature in the shortest amount of time. Herbs that originated in the Mediterranean region are used to hot, dry weather with limited rainfall. You might consider rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, fennel, santolina and sage. Flowers that will perform with less water include artemisia, salvias, coreopsis, cosmos, dusty miller, gaillardia, lisianthus, tithonia, verbena, and yarrow. For unusual vegetables native to the arid Southwest, check out Native Seeds/SEARCH. Their website is http://www.azstarnet.com/~nss/

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