Where I live, it's been an unusually rainy spring, so rainy that my garden seems to grow overnight (as do the weeds). I know to be grateful for this kind of rain -- not too much, but also not too little. The southeast U.S. is in its second year of a painful drought, and water bans severely limit gardeners on how much they can put on their backyard crops.
Whether you're living in an area that gets enough rain or not, it still makes sense to help your garden retain as much water as possible. Water use increases in the summer time, raising both your water bill (we get charged for sewer use even if the water goes onto our garden, which never fails to infuriate me) and
your impact on the environment. Canadian Living
has some simple but surefire tips
for helping your garden and lawn retain every drop of rain or water that it gets. One of their tips for water conservation includes making a rain barrel, and our very own Bill Volk can show you exactly how to make one.
And if you're under a strict water ban, Ilona has some great ideas for no dig, low-water gardens
that will help you grow your veggies without much water at all.