How are things at your place right now in the garden? I have noticed the garden changing - drying out for a while now with no rain to help. The difference between raised beds which are in full contact with the ground and my containers which are either set up as a wicking bed or simply separated from the ground e.g. sacks, baths, laundry tubs, etc. is most marked. A few weeks ago everything was flourishing, there was moisture in the ground and watering needed to be minimal. Now the raised beds are looking very dry, even with watering twice a week the plants that were growing well are falling over and laying down, I just can't keep up the water enough. As we don't usually have good prospects for rainfall at this time of year, I have to make a decision soon. Do I keep pouring water onto the beds to try to keep plants alive or do I harvest everything now while it is still "pickable"? The beetroot needs to grow larger to be very useful, the kale will struggle on without doing much and will probably pick up again when we do get rain. At least my Asian broccoli is coming to the end of it's picking life and so can be composted. My normal broccoli will not form heads unless I water these regularly, they look a good enough size to persevere with, so that's what I'll do. Out will come the tomatoes in the raised beds, and the strawberries will get watered but I don't expect them to give much fruit.
Thank heavens that I don't just have gardens in contact with the ground, all the other containers are producing very well. Oh to have soil that holds water well. Even after trailer loads of manures being added over the years this continues to be a headache out here at Park Ridge. What will it be like in summer, when the heat really arrives? Well I won't be growing much then , I can assure you.
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