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August 9th, 2016

This summer we’ve been having a drought here in Maine. To make it worse, we didn’t get much snow this past winter, so we started off the season low on moisture. It has only gotten worse. During the months of June, July, August we’ve gotten less than an inch of rain. On top of that, it’s been pretty hot for Maine, we’ve been averaging temps in the high 80’s and lots of low 90’s throughout the summer.
drought 1
For a while everything was dealing with the drought, but then it got to be too much. Lots of small saplings are dying, the weeds along the driveway haven’t been able to hold on, the lawn is past being dormant.
drought 2
We’ve been watering certain plants and parts of the garden, but since we’re using well water we’ve been taking it easy. Luckily, my efforts to add more organic matter and the heavy layer of mulch I add to the garden has given the cultivated areas a fighting chance. Amazingly, they’ve been doing fairly well with minimal water inputs on my part.
drought 3
It will be interesting to see how many things don’t come back next spring. I’m thinking there will be large patched of lawn that will be dead. That’s not such a bad thing, I’ve been wanting to replace the lawn with a nice drought tolerant grass that needs less mowing. Perhaps I’ll turn these lemons into lemonade and be able to have a few sections of nice lawn without having to deal with killing the weeds that are currently growing there.

How’s the rain situation in your garden this year?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.