|Someone finds a new use for the garden basket|
Thankfully, there is no damage to the ear drum but the ER doctor put me on a new antibiotic since the last prescription ended last Friday. My favorite pharmacist warned me this stuff makes you sick... she was correct. Blech! So I'm behind not only in writing posts but also answering e-mails.
Anyway, I didn't water the garden yesterday as we'd had a little rain on Sunday. This morning was my first time out for two days to check on it close up. It was in distress over the weekend but this morning there are indications that most of the garden is fried. It couldn't handle the brutal heat combined with drought.
I'm hoping to save the tomato plants although I had to throw away the Early Girl tomatoes that appeared ready, all of them were rotten on the bottom. I've seen other people on garden blogs that had the same problem. We'll see if a return to the 90s from the 100s will save the rest but folks... when your zucchini stops producing you are in trouble!
We're far enough north that a summer of continues temperatures in the 90s are unusual so you can imagine what six days of 100+ temperatures will do to the garden... even if we had rain.
I was telling my garden woes to Christopher today and he had the reason for it. He works with the Corn and Soybean people at the University and they said private gardens are dying because the drought has reached the bedrock in some areas for the first time since around the time of the dust bowl (that being the 1930s).
So far our well is fine but my neighbor's mom had her well go dry already. We've let our grass go dormant and only watered the garden, deck plants, and the two perennials planted this spring near the fence line. I noticed this morning that one of the hostas near the deck looks like it is dying, I've never seen anything like it before.
Christopher said they know half the State's corn crop is destroyed (I heard as much as 60% of it is gone according to the TV news). If we get a good, long, soaking rain some corn will be salvaged but it will lack the quality of previous years.
I know I talked about this last week but it will be resulting in serious price hikes, some beginning soon and others showing up later (as when farmers have to pay more for animal feed).
The price of corn has already gone up enough that one local ethanol plant has had to lay off its' employees and others may shut down. Corn is now too expensive to use for ethanol.
We are a nation seriously in need of prayer (and more than just drought)!
Hope to return tomorrow with a book post...
Picture: I thought you might like a picture which makes you smile. Miss Victoria has begun making the garden basket her new abode.