Drylands are some of the most complex and specialized eco-systems in the world and therefore, some of the most exciting!
The land is shaped by temperature extremes and limited water. Animals and plants fill specialized niches and some of the most nutrient rich soils await us.
However, if we treat drylands like the more humid climates described in most gardening books, we run into problems. Things just don’t work out “like they should”. Our summer heat and dry air desiccate plants, we end up using too much water and our soils either shed water too fast or quickly get bound up, forming a nearly impenetrable crust.
So how do we understand our dryland climate? Check out the following FAQs to discover the unique characteristics of drylands and how permaculture principles need to be adapted to suit our particular needs.