You may have heard how to recognize a happy gardener: they’re the ones who see the rain barrels as half full instead of half empty.
Mine, all three of them, are empty. Empty. Chuck is in charge of watering everything right now, and he told me not to even ask until we have another storm. There is no more rain water left.
My little valley in the Midwest has been part of a trend for a few years now. The “severe” weather, major rain or snow, veers around us. We’ll look at the forecast and the radar and say, “Oh! Oh! We might get some of that!” and then Nope. All the precipitation will sweep to the north or the south, and we’ll be standing outside next to our empty rain barrels looking at the sky and pleading for a few drops.
I guess it really is drought weather.
Fortunately, we’re city dwellers, so we have city water. It’s treated and it’ll cost a few pennies, but we’re not limited in the amount we use. Here in the Great Lakes basin, water is plentiful and costs very little. Dry period or not, we’ll be okay.
Readers, let me know. How is your water situation? Are you flooded? Evacuating from wildfires? I hope everyone is safe and has enough to drink.
You must be overflowing since the weekend! I’ve been impressed at how few weeks we’ve had to water, usually July is VERY dry. I remember one summer about ten years ago I walked a long stretch of Duck Creek because it was dried out, not even a little bit muddy. Thankfully it hasn’t become that dry since!