All together we've had about 3" of rain since March 1st, and we were behind
before then. Our last was about a third of an inch on July 18th. We'd also
had about 6 tenths on the 17th, and less than an inch on June 12th.
Normally an inch of rain would soak the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches. It
barely filled the cracks, and the soil 3 inches down was dry.
If my memory serves, the drought you experienced in the last few years was
about what we experienced in the 7 years prior to 2004. We had a worse one
in the mid-80s. This exceeds all of that. They announced last night that we
were in an "exceptional drought", one that would occur no more often than
The only good thing is that we now have county water for the house so I
don't have to decide between taking a shower and washing clothes, as I did
in the 80's. (Bill brought his clothes and showered at work, then brought 5
gal. carboys of water for the washer then. )
The bad news is, as I replied to Jim, that we have so little in the well.
About 500 gallons, as near as I can figure. Not enough to keep our trees
alive, let alone the shrubs. The perennial garden is pretty much flat on the
ground. Compost. I didn't plant annuals this year since we were already in
drought this spring.
My woody stock plants are hanging in, but barely after the Easter freeze and
the drought. I haven't been able to get many turgid cuttings, so I've
managed to p$$$ away my nursery license fee again.
I am just so, so tired. No matter how many buckets I haul, it isn't enough.
And I'm too old to haul as many as I've been doing. My body screams at every
If it weren't for our silly cat, I'd be bonkers. Glad to read that your new
acquisition is settling in a bit. Diesel still runs and hides under the bed
if someone comes over, but he only runs to the next room if we come home
unexpectedly. The rest of the time he's likely to be underfoot. Pretty cool
for creatures raised sans humans.
Sorry. Probably more than you wanted to know.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pam Evans" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Drought
oh dear, how long has it been since you've had rain? I think our drought
pattern moved East this year.
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