Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Stressed Out Gardening
At this point, my gardens are testing my ability to tolerate the 'less than perfect' appearance they have taken on. I hate it.
This year, we had the warmest spring on record, with average temperatures in the month of May in the upper 70s and temperatures in June in the 80s. July is shaping up to be a scorcher as well, with 6 days over the 90 degree mark and more to come this week (and I feel it safe to say, we'll have more in the remaining weeks of this month and August as well).
Because of the record warmth and a wet/stormy June, the gardens are about 4 weeks ahead of schedule. While the early part of July is normally the time my gardens peak in their beauty, and the grass is lush and golf course green, things are looking rather worn out, stressed, and ready to call it a season. It's too early!
The very hot and humid temperatures that ushered in the month of July REALLY took it's toll. Despite my best efforts at keeping things watered, I feel like I just can't keep up with the demand. It is at this point in the season when I want to throw in the cultivator and just give up. I wish I was one of those gardeners who 'appreciates the beauty' no matter what the stage; but I'm not. I get frustrated and I feel overwhelmed at trying to get things to look good once again.
It's time to take a deep breath and just do what I can do to salvage the rest of the season. I'll trim things a bit, and do my best to revive my stressed out lawn. Perhaps a Jerry Baker mixture of some odd household ingredients will work. Sigh. Too much to even consider for today.
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