If you don’t have a lot of water to use to grow vegetables, shading your plants can help them retain moisture (of course they still need sun to grow and perform photosynthesis). Some vegetables that tend to grow better with less water are onions, tomatoes, zucchini, shallots, cucumbers, and turnips. Vegetables that you should avoid are sweet potatoes, yams, and cauliflower, as they tend to require a lot of water.
Beans are accustomed to dry conditions and do not require alot of water. Black-eyed peas, okra, snap beans, and pole beans all grow poorly if watered too much. Tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and melons grow deep root systems quickly and can draw watrer from deeper soil after the surface becomes dry in the mid-summer months or in a desert climate. It is noted that as long as these vegetables have water early in their growing season, they can tolerate drought (Oregon State University, 2011).
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