Mulch cools the soil, moderates soil temperature fluctuations, suppresses weeds and helps retain soil moisture. Also, limit soil compaction as much as possible by building raised garden beds you can reach across. If you have to walk in your beds, do it when the soil is drier and keep it short.
Additional drought and weather information can be found at mesonet.org and droughtmonitor.unl.edu.
Tracey Payton Miller is Cleveland County’s horticulture extension educator for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension.