Thanks Fly- he is holding down fluids so far today and I think my sanity is creeping back.
I truly hope and pray you get some rain your way. It was as dry here and I was feeling it bad!
Um, I think all of those pics were from the last week or so, but below are ones I took this morning (while looking for more sanity
The first are one of the alpaca pastures and the mini ravine that opened up from the flash flooding. The ground was so dry that when the severe storms came through a lot of soil washed down the pasture.
Much of the rain we have gotten finally has been severe storms, downpours, and hail. They hit so hard that it is far more than the ground can soak up so the crevice is much larger in person and obviously as soon as I can I’m going to have to section off the pastures so I can re-seed them this fall and winter.
The winds flattened all of the gladiolas, the hibiscus, the squash and tomatoes. I did the best I could to tie them up and some survived.
Behind the red flower pic is the tank in the back of the truck.
I was hauling in about 250 gallons every other day for over a month just to keep the animals and the gardens alive. Then there was the fun part of getting it to where it needed to go.
My well is shallow and gave up after just two weeks into the dry spell. There was just enough water to flush the toilet and wash hands…that’s all.
I had to pile up the unimportant laundry and what I had to have for myself and the kiddo was taken to a friend’s house. Thankfully I used to backpack and camp for years, so I had the supplies for outdoor solar showers and bucket baths…… although I think my youngster enjoyed living that primitively far more that I did.
Anyway, the last pic is the yard this morning. The dead patches are goner for sure so I’ll re-seed those areas too.
Sorry to hear about your plum tree. Thankfully mine was only 6... Can you imagine the stories those old trees would tell us if they could only talk? The history that tress has seen…. I really hope it rallies and comes back next year.
Celeste- Glad to hear your grass is holding up! I take it your pastures are ok too? I hope so.
Sorry about the garden and fuchsia plants… were there a lot of them?
I know the one hummingbird visitor I had was very confused after the worst of the storms destroyed the glads and hibiscus he/she was living off of. Poor thing kept flying around trying to find them. The survivors are blooming now, but I haven’t seen the humming bird again.
Tomatoes- While I haven’t grown the Cherokee Purples, I have eaten them along with Black Krim…… de-lish!
The true heirlooms I have tried to grow so far just haven’t done well for me, save for the roma types. I seem to need hardy stock as I am not the most diligent gardener.
There are some low acids toms that are red and you might be able to fake out the DH as they look just like typical hybrids. The yellows and orange ones make the best Honeyed Tomato Butter too. (Maybe the promise of that will be enticing enough to try??)
Although I do companion planting when I can, I haven’t tried borage yet.
I had all these plans this year to try some new or neat garden things, but it didn’t quite work out that way. (Wonder why?!?)
What toms I am growing are actually self seeded from last year because of the mild winter. My seedlings didn’t come up well, so I just went with what was already growing and added my yellows to them. Makes for a messy tom patch, but hey… it saved me some work.