However, it's been almost three weeks (maybe more?) since we've had a long, soaking rain. Our area has had some rain, but it seems to skip over our part of the county, sort of like the parting of the Red Sea...only not so much fun. Weather follows patterns, and in the past we've avoided tornadic activity that would have otherwise sent us into the crawl space. So that's the silver lining in this non-existent cloud.
|We love foraging for blackberries, but as hardy as they are, they've also been affected by the drought.|
When you pair lack of rain with 100+ degree temps, leaky water barrels, and a 25+-year-old well (it's not one of those modern jobs that hit the fiery core of the earth), you begin to pick and choose what you save, and what you let go.
|This pear tree is starting to drop its leaves. Saving our fruit trees, most of which we planted in the spring of 2011, is a priority.|
|The strawberries look like they want to curl up and die.|
|The cucumbers produced, but everything was kind of white and bloated at one end. I made pickles anyway.|
|Ah, corn. Corn is my white whale. And weeds. Seriously, if there's going to be a drought, couldn't some of these weeds die??|
1. More diligence in storing water (i.e., check for leaks the first time it rains in the spring)
2. Create a less labor-intensive watering system.
3. Forge relationships with other gardeners so we can trade our excess.
4. Find reliable, local sources for food through farm stores and farmer's markets. Buying by the bushel and setting aside some time to can or freeze produce will still save time and money this winter.
And in the meantime, I'll hope for a more forgiving summer next year.
How does your garden grow?
I'm coming out of summer hibernation and linking up with Rural Thursdays again! Click here to visit the hosts, Two Bears Farm and A Rural Journal, as well as other fantastic blogs.