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Extension Spotlight

High and dry gardens

High and dry gardens are needed now more than ever. What are they? A high and dry garden demonstrates which plants can survive on natural precipitation. There is a high and dry garden located in the northeast corner of the Washington County Fairgrounds in Akron. We have used it for trialing plants to see how well they fare in drought.

What defines a drought? According to Oxford dictionary, a drought is a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water . In the Golden Plains, a prolonged period could mean 10-14 days. According to Wraith, Blake and Blake researchers f...


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