Category Archives: Drought

One More ‘Return from Death’ Story, Basil This Time

I let basil growing in my smallest raised bed dry out during the heat of the summer.  The box didn't have much organic matter in the soil, just mostly sand.  As such, nothing in that bed grew very well.  OK, the plants dried out, leaves dropped off and all that was left was the stems.   A week of rain came.  The basil recovered.  You can see the brown stems and green shoots growing out from 2 sides of the old branch.  Look at all those beautiful green leaves - they went into several batches Read more [...]

Stunted Squash Plants

This spring, with the new garden not being finished on time, I planted my crops at least a month late, and some plants, like this zucchini, were planted weeks later.    The zucchini that I planted 'only' a month late grew into very large, healthy plants.  This even later zuch, along with all the yellow summer squash that I planted even later, never fully grew.   Interestingly, all of these super-late squash were stunted.   This 8 Ball did grow big enough to produce at least one fruit.  Look Read more [...]

Overview of Garden, July 10, 2013

This is an overview pic of the garden. I had to build raised beds because the soil is hard red clay. I knew that the raised beds would be an issue in this heat - the soil is literally cooked with the heat that passes thru the 1x6" side walls that are 12" high.  The day time temps have been in the upper 90s to low 100s. I mulch the soil surface with inches of dried leaves in an attempt to hold in the soil moisture, but I still have to water every 3 days or so.  The sandy soil still dries crusty Read more [...]

A Pitiful Partial Harvest Of Winter Squash

Originally published late summer 2011 Here is a sample of 4 different squash.  The green one in the back ground is Butternut Rugoso Violino Gloria (c. moschata).  The larger one to the left might be a deformed Long Island Cheese (C. moschata).  The medium tan squash in the front middle is probably an Upper Ground Sweet Potato (c. moschata). They are scattered around the remains of the garden - the vines are 20 to 30 feet.  The tiny tan squash is the good, faithful Waltham Buttenut (c. moschata).  Read more [...]

Drought And 100 Degree Temps Kill A Garden Quickly

Originally published late Summer 2011 Looking at my bright, green and bushy garden pics of mid July, and comparing to these pics is heart breaking.  For most of the 3 weeks since my last garden pics, we have been DRY and HOT.  The porch temperature is always at least 105 in the afternoons.  The Greenhouse temp is 120.  The sun is beating down on my winter squash and tomatoes day after day.  After 3 weeks of this, the garden is dead.  Water was not a fatal issue - they got enough gray water, Read more [...]

Rattlesnake Pole Beans

Originally published Summer 2011 I have found that rattlesnake pole beans seem to thrive the best in my garden environment.  They grow the fastest and mature the fastest.  I usually grow them for dry beans.  The pod has purple streaks running it's length, so it doesn't have the edible appeal that a plain old green bean does. They grow fast and produce prolifically.  When the summer drought hits, they slow down, but still grow.  When we get an occasional heavy summer rain, they go into another Read more [...]

Not A Good Season For Cabbage

Originally published Summer of 2011 I had over 3 dozen beautiful baby cabbages flourishing this past February.  They should have resulted in about 3 dozen heads of cabbage to stir fry this spring with the garden harvest of squash, onions, long red beans, peppers and what ever else I find growing to toss in the stir fry.  But not this year.  This 'global warming' has devastated my winter garden for the past 2 winters.  We have had unusual cold snaps - where the day's high doesn't get above freezing Read more [...]

Survivor Okra

Originally published Summer of 2011 This strip of okra has had a rough life.  While planted in fertile soil, something(s) has/have been systematically killing the seedlings.  I originally started over a dozen seedlings.  I carefully planted them along this edge of the garden fence.  They were cut down - probably initially by cutworms - replanted, and killed again.  I now have 3 good sized plants that i think will make it, and this poor, abused, struggling okra: Look at those gouges in the Read more [...]