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gardenbug's picture
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Hot & Dry Record

May Dreams Gardens is one of the garden blogs I follow. (http://www.maydreamsgardens.com) Yesterday's entry had some wise words from the garden fairies which I got permission to share with you. Do go visit there!

My garden and I made it through the hottest day ever recorded in June in Indianapolis. Toward the end of the day, the garden fairies and I, in consultation with the Board of Directors decided to move into Drought Survival Mode.

This means,

We water for survival, and not for flourish and lush.

We won't be buying more plants until fall, and then we will probably buy many new plants.

We'll tell people that tan is the new green for lawns. We won't let the lawn die, but we'll let it go dormant, as it likes to do in warm weather anyway, and give it just enough water so that it doesn't die.

We'll take notes and look at this as a learning experience, a chance to really figure out how little water some plants need to survive.

Oh, and the garden fairies agreed that there will be no fire in the garden except for fireflies. But it took a bit of negotiating.

AlyssaEimers's picture
Joined: 08/22/06
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Too cute. I am sure after a week of temps in the hundreds without me there to baby it, it is propably dying.

gardenbug's picture
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I've been around to water this week but still, some plants are really annoyed and parched.
I raised the height on our riding mower because I must mow...otherwise I'll need to rake next time and that is just a waste of time IMO.

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That's great!

I looked at our forecast and we have temperatures in the 30s next Monday nad Tuesday! I've never seen that in Edmonton in the past! I'm so glad that this is the year that we have put in our raised permaculture self-watering beds - it certainly makes for a much easier time of watering. I won't worry about these plants until they start wilting a little - and it will take a good lot of heat to do that! Plus, it's rained for the past 36 hours and we have 100ol (250 gallons) of rainwater stored. Need a new photo and am debating mulching lightly to help prevent evaporation. Currently, I'm hoping that the vegetation growing is creating enough shade to prevent evaporation straight from the soil.

girlisrad's picture
Joined: 04/24/07
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Love that!!

We are watering 2X a day now. It is necessary... our humidity has been around 5-9% and with all the heat, the fires, teh smoke? I am thankful for what has grown!

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*Lurker*
It's so hot and humid here these days, but barely any rain. We have 3 rain barrels that we collect rain water in and we use that to water our veggie gardens. Our plants are doing quite well with only using collected rain water. We never water the lawn. DH grew up in Lethbridge, AB and he said the grass is always brown...LOL

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No need to lurk, come join us!