A Case of Kansas Stubborn

| 8/3/2012 8:50:34 AM

Tags: Wildlife, urban farming, drought, simple living, conservation, Joan Pritchard,

There hasn’t been a lot of news in Kansas other than talk of heat waves, drought, and the presumed consequences of both. It's enough to discourage even the heartiest. 


At my farm, the effect of the grasshopper invasion could be added as well.  A few root vegetables are hanging on and a few distasteful plants in the garden – like horseradish.  Last week the resurrection lilies made an attempt to come up, but the grasshoppers ate the buds at about two inches.

Despite the dismal outlook, I have been trying to keep watering with the hope my old faithfuls will pull through.  A couple of shrubs at the front of the farmhouse had suffered terribly and I decided to put a hose to them one evening.  I was rewarded with six orioles coming to bathe.  Jubilation would describe their attitude.  They were soon joined by two bluebirds, which politely waited their turn by wading in the birdbath for a few minutes.



8/4/2012 1:44:28 PM

Joan, this has definitely been a challenging year for midwest farmers and gardeners. My area is into day 45 without rain. Today the sky clouded up, the wind blew, and smell was of rain but alas it was not to be. The storm parted and moved to the north and south but nothing in my area .... again. I have hauled over 2000 gallons of water to the big garden (Terra Nova Gardens) about five miles away from my house in July. It looks like it's not going to get any better in August. At least the temperature is going to be in the 80s for a couple days. It will be good for canning some of the abundance of tomatoes that I've harvested. Yes, at least the water hauling has paid off. Have a great day in Kansas.

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