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Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation


June 27, 2019

Photo provided/Lynn Ketchum

Tomatoes send down long roots to take advantage of residual water in the soil to survive and thrive without supplemental water.

Growing vegetables without irrigation may sound farfetched, but two Willamette Valley trials proved crops can be grown in home gardens without a drop of irrigation.

At demonstration gardens in Benton and Marion counties, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners successfully grew tomatoes and other vegetables without irrigation except on the day they put them in the ground.

The idea came from Amy Garrett, assistant professor of practice with the Extension Small Farms Program, who is conducting research into dryland farming, an ages-old but little-used method of farming vege...

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