Everyone loves to grow their own vegetables. However, due to current drought conditions in California a lot more people are becoming hesitant with the cost of water constantly rising.

Here are 5 tips to help quiet those fears and lead you to successful garden during this dry period:

1) Plant smarter! Plant in a block style layout rather than in rows to create microclimates, shade and reduce water evaporation.

2) Group Plants in Zones – Plants with similar water needs should be grouped together on the same valve. For example, cucumber and zucchinis and squash should be grouped together because they require similar water applications.

3) Know the Critical Watering Periods of your plants – This allows you to target the timing and the amount of water to add to certain plants. As a rule of thumb, water is most critical during the first weeks of development, immediately after transplanting, and during flowering and fruit production.

4) Choose Plants that Produce in Abundance – When water becomes a precious commodity, you want the most bang for your buck. Plant vegetables that produce more than one meal worth of produce such as tomatoes, squash, peppers, and eggplant.

5) Choose Vegetables based on drought tolerance – Some vegetables require more water than others. Seek out plants and varieties that do well in hot and arid location.