Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Garden of Guilt
Then I opened my water bill. My consumption as opposed to last year is 50%. Yes, Roommate Smurf was still here last April, but I have both a front and back yard to water. With other water-saving habits I have adopted, the usage should have dropped about a third, not by half. I grabbed a hat and went down to the garden center.
I picked up a cucumber and a six-pack of snow peas and started working some blood meal into the soil. The dirt was dry the entire six inches down I excavated, but Bradley is thriving and producing several large tomatoes. This drought seems to have cured my tendency to over-water.
After planting, I built a twine support for the peas out of some old molding. Once the vines have latched on, I can slide up the twine on the sticks as they grow.
For this one time, I watered the pond with the hose. The baby plants got a deep soaking, but you can see in the photo that the unplanted areas are still dry. I've taken to showering with the mop bucket as a companion. I only collect a gallon or so per shower, but that's better than sending it down the drain. It's almost enough to water all of my vegetables.