One of the key strategies for helping your fruit trees to be resilient (and still grow a good crop) in low water conditionsis the water-holding capacity of your soil—interestingly, this also helps your trees cope better with too much water and recover from flood! Whether you live in a climate where drought is commonplace, or too much water is more your problem, climate variability is increasingly an issue that all gardeners and farmers have to deal with, so it pays to be prepared. It’s easy to do a simple test to measure the current water-holding capacity of your soil. By doing the test each year you can easily measure your progress with soil improvement.

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