My first thought, before I watched the video, was mulch mulch mulch! My permie housemate Jim has just completed a massive job with a borrowed chipper (from our gift circle) and I think he chipped/mulched every single stick that fell, broke or was stacked somewhere for the past ten years. All these new mulch piles went on the GANG garden beds.
Thanks to both Corbin and Rhonda for pointer to this video.
From my notes: first of all, old timers in Texas plant in March, and got everything done, including harvesting and preserving, by mid-June. But: if we do need to grow food in intense heat and drought, try these three: sweet potatoes (grows bigger tubers when stressed), okra, black eyed peas.
And four more: lamb’s quarters (high in calcium, a good green), nut sedge (has little nuts), canna lily (roots and rhizomes edible!), bamboo (little shoots are edible, cooked).
We already have lambs’ quarters, canna lily, and bamboo in the GANG garden or at my house. YES! And I have definitely noticed how drought-hardy they all are. BTW: we harvest mature bamboo for garden structures, like trellises, tomato cages, teepees for beans and peas.
I’ve also noticed that the Indiana state tree, the tulip poplar, is stressed this year, due to its shallow roots; also the sycamore, which likes to grow near water.
This is a time when the first principle of permaculture, Observe and Interact, becomes crucial.