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Friday, 8 July 2011

Drought


No matter how much I water the garden, some plants have enormous needs for moisture and have that wilting look. Hydrangeas are especially affected. As their name suggests (Greek hydros means water), they need lots of water and feel the best in moist, shady spot. Unfortunately, not all my Hydrangeas have the prefect growing conditions and sometimes they look like that one one the picture. They recover after a good portion of water.

The vegetable garden is also affected by the drought. Anyway, I have picked the first tomatoes, courgettes, and kohlrabi. Kale is growing on well but needs to be watered every day.



 I lost the count of the days without rain. Though, some plants are thriving; sage, for example. Echinacea, Monarda and Achillea are beautiful and in full bloom. Butterflies and other insects are their regular visitors.
Lawn started yellowing on some parts but I don't water it very much. Water needs to be used sparely.


Monarda

Hard to catch, but I did it!

9 comments:

  1. We had a long period of drought in the Spring this year. Just recently though we have had a few days of rain, and the plants have been really grateful, I'm sure.
    My kohlrabi has not swelled up this year. It is all leaf and stem. I think maybe that could have been caused by the Spring drought too.

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  2. Mark, I have some kohlrabi that has not swelled up too. I really have no idea why. Or, they might swell up later. Maybe it depends on the type of cultivar.

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  3. Joj isto jei kod mene,jadne hortenzijice kao skuhane su od vreline zraka,navečer im kasno dajem puno vode,malo se oprave,ali dan ih opet pokosi..veliki pozdrav!

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  4. Lovely butterfly!

    We have placed an acrylic polymer sold under the brand name SoilMoist near the roots of all of our plants to protect against drought. This a white granular material that absorbs water and then releases it when the plant needs it. If you are adding it to an existing bed, you do need to dig down and make sure to get it near the roots, but it does a fantastic job of absorbing excess water and releasing it on demand. It got us through a terrible drought last summer. You can google it - hopefully you can get it or something similar where you are.

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  5. It is no fun gardening during a drought, especially when you have to use city or treated water to keep a garden green.

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  6. Cathy and Steve, thanks for the tip.

    Ann, Thanks God we have (still!) wonderful tap water in Croatia - drinkable and with minimum chemicals.

    Vegetable garden is in worse condition than ornamental one;

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  7. Wonderful Blog, where is your garden located?

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  8. Here's a link to an article about those crystals: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1092/. My hydrangea looks much the same, Kalipso! Gave it two gallons of water yesterday.

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