My 2014 garden and crops depended almost entirely on the amount of water I manually provided them for drink. That wasn’t much. I will do better in 2015.
I need a good strawberry year again. I’ve got twice as many Raspberries as I need since I encouraged all my neighbors to grow their own (which is marvelous when I think about it-nobody will think of raiding my garden if they have their own). The result is that nobody cares to come and pick them or trade them. Good Strawberries are still a rare commodity. So is Corn in the north…and I usually have success as long as the greedy birds back off! …and early Lettuce is a hot item. But they all need lots of water. An inch/day is what is recommended. It was so dry last year that an inch a month was about all mother nature could attempt. I am surprised at how much plenty of moisture will change not only the crispness but the actual sweetness and flavor of the plants (you wouldn’t think so).
So…note to self: start watering the second I’m done planting seeds in May!!