The heat and the drought just keeps coming. It’s like a blast furnace each time you walk outside. Taking the dogs on walks is short and slow. They don’t want to be out in the heat anymore than we do. Of course this is the year that we’ve added two raised beds to grow more vegetables. Two more beds means two times more watering, which translates to a much higher water bill. This is a double edged sword for me. I love the taste of home grown tomatoes, nothing like a big juicy home grown tomato. With this drought we have to water almost every day just to keep the plants from withering.
I’m also the utility police at home. I walk around turning lights off, raising or lowering the thermostat and turning the faucet off in mid tooth brushing. I am just plain cheap when it comes to wasting electricity, gas and water. I rant on about saving energy, conserving water and recycling everything we can possibly recycle. Mitch made and installed three rain barrels around the house so I can water the gardens with rainwater. This year all of the rain barrels are bone dry, no water to even dribble out.
We decided to use soaker hoses to accomplish watering more efficiently. The problem was that the three raised beds were too far apart so we were wasting a lot of water in between. Mitch solved this by cutting up the seventy five foot hose into three sections which he snaked through each bed then connected the spaces in between with regular hose pieces. This has worked out very well for us. Now we’re only watering the vegetable beds and not everything in between. Of course the yard has gone dormant and I’m hoping will recover next spring.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, this weather pattern sucks and I’m ready for it to be over.