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Re: Drought


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 100 years.

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 step.

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" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
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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