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Preparing for a hot, dry summer

Watering asparagus

My weather guru reports that (despite the high groundwater from a wet winter), spring 2014 has been unusually dry.  As in previous years, this sets up a feedback loop, which in the current instance will likely lead to a hot, dry summer.

Honeyberry flowerI have to admit, even though I don't like heat that much, I do like this forecast.  From a gardening perspective, it's much easier to add water than to take it away, so a hot, dry summer could mean lots of tomatoes and other crops that sometimes flounder in our wet climate.  Plus, we might finally be able to drive the truck back to our core homestead, making it much easier to stock up on firewood, manure, and other essentials.

In the short term, the forecast was simply a reminder to pull out the sprinklers.  I knew the ground was getting dry, but didn't realize quite how parched the garden had become until Kayla and I were out weeding Friday.  Maybe some artificial rain will tempt those asparagus spears to push the rest of the way out of the soil?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Well, that is a good way of looking at it. Maybe there won't have to be such babying of the tomato plants this year and I'll actually get some to can!
Comment by Brandy Sun Apr 20 08:05:35 2014
Have you had a chance to taste the honeyberries yet?
Comment by Brian Mon Apr 21 14:09:10 2014
Brian --- Not yet. I picked off the flowers last year so they'd get established, but am hopeful we'll get at least a fruit or two this year for tasting purposes. I'm looking forward to taste-testing a new fruit!
Comment by anna Mon Apr 21 17:42:06 2014





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