Near-normal rainfall in September and early October has tempered the severity of 2022’s drought, but groundwater remains low across most of the region, leaving large areas still in ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’ drought. What does a gardener do? If your town allows hand or hose watering, focus on hydrating your more recent additions. For trees, focus on those planted in the past five years; for shrubs, two years; and for perennials this year. All lack a deep, well-established root system. Keep watering until the ground freezes. You’ll have done everything you can for your garden.