It happens everywhere. NO WATER! This time it’s not a drought, it’s broken, or leaking pipes; it’s the construction work interfering on our gardening levels; it’s hoses malfunctioning; and even vacations happening for a few weeks at a time during the growing season. It’s frustrating as a gardener, to see our gardens wilting and not being able to help. But, isn’t that part of what it means to be a gardener? We have to learn to deal with all kinds of adversity. Lack of hydration, OR too much water; bugs; disease; inconsiderate people; the list continues. We know it all, but what can we do?
This week the big issue is the water being turned off due to a leak that must be repaired in a pipe leading to our gardens. AAARRRGGGHHH! It doesn’t help that the weather has turned hot and dry. For Seattle, that’s also a bit frustrating.
So, what do we do? We wait patiently for the pipe to be repaired. In the meantime, our plants are drooping. Perhaps it’s time for drastic actions:
- carry water from the closest, functioning tap.
- MULCH-lay mulch around the plants. It will keep the soil cool, and keep the moisture from evaporating out of the soil so quickly. (If you click the link, it will take you to a grand definition of Mulch!)
- You could even try laying wet newspaper around the plants. It may not look very pretty, but it may also help. It is a form of mulch.
- (I removed the idea of crystal polymer beads, due to the many drawbacks.)
So, there are some suggestions that might help. Other than getting the pipe functioning again…just using these techniques might help your garden “in general” anyway!
Good luck, and happy gardening!