Friday, September 2, 2011

The woes of the dry weather

When even the weeds in the garden are drooping, you know it’s bad.

I returned from a few days away to find most of the squash vines in the garden dried up. I’ve already harvested plenty so I’m not concerned about that but the tomatoes are just now starting to produce well, as are the peppers.

When I get concerned about feeding my garden, I do have a sprinkler to use. But I also use the method gardeners have employed for generations. Put a tub or bowl into the kitchen sink and save the wash and rinse water from the dishes. I have three large pitchers that I fill then out I go to find a faithful, growing friend to reward.

Another gardener who I know puts a bucket into her shower to catch water as well. It must sound crazy to the victims of Hurricane Irene along the East Coast, but yes, we’re searching for water while you’re dealing with its aftermath. I do send out prayers of support for the farmers who have lost acres and acres of crops to that storm.

Dry days also remind me of the benefit of mulching. Mulch in the garden helps the soil retain moisture rather than allowing the sun to suck it dry. So don’t forget your mulch. If a storm isn’t so severe that is carries it away, it can be a huge benefit.

Time to eat lunch, then wash the dishes, then water again.


  1. Do you use a particular kind of dish liquid? Don't know why because we use it on our dishes but I thought with dish liquid might not be good for plants......bath water......that's a whole new thing for me to ponder!

  2. No, I don't use a particular kind. I tried making some myself, like I do my home cleaning solutions, but it didn't work well. I suppose this means my garden isn't truly organic, but I haven't seen negative consequences from the dish liquid water.