This has been a warm summer, one without much rain. In fact, our February was very hot and very dry and very windy. The hot dry wind helped dry out our gardens as much as the heat. It is now March, and we still are having hot dry days. This should be fall weather but it’s still summer weather. We have only a garden hose with which to irrigate. It takes three hours to water each garden bed (so six hours for two beds) and that is with one bed not planted. It takes three hours to water the pecan trees. It takes three hours to water the citrus trees. It takes an hour to water was little was planted in the under-construction greenhouses. So things get watered on a rotation basis. Let no one forget that this means managing the water tanks so we keep them full enough without pulling so much water from the well that it has a chance to refill. Then there are the animal troughs to keep filled, the cows drink a lot when it is hot and the sheep too, and the rabbits and chickens need an afternoon water refill also.
Therefore the garden has been drying out and we are harvesting the last of the crop. It is not just us, the entire community is in the same position. Conversation revolves around who got rain who had the clouds pass over but not drop any water.
Here is our thirsty garden:
Squash and watermelon are our last crops this season. The next set of crops will be hardy winter plants.