gThe heat here has been crazy. I honestly thought that when I moved from Texas, some 500 miles north, that things like hot Texas summers would be a thing of the past. Uhmm... not so much. We have experienced some of the hottest driest weather that this part of the country has ever seen. The forecast yesterday was for 115*. Yeah, you read that right! I suppose we got lucky that it was only 111*. This has been the typical weather pattern for several weeks now and I don't see much change anytime soon. This is NUTS! Of course, somehow I think it must have something to do with our decision to move to Oklahoma. I mean, we have been here a year now and have had one of the coldest winters on record, broke records for snowfall, and are currently breaking records for hot and extreme drought. Hmmm... I'm just hoping this patten will not continue! For all you folks here in this part of the country, my heartfelt apologies. I suppose I could try doing rain dances, but with my luck I'd end up bringing on monsoons!!
The tomato's have finally given up. Although I had hoped somehow to be able to get them through the summer, I suppose it was kind of silly on my part. Even with daily watering, in the end the oppressive heat and lack of rain finally won. I know that the lack of mulch was probably a huge factor. Unfortunately there was nothing I could have done about that part. It is far to late to get new fall plants in the ground. They should have been planted in the middle of July. I can't imagine how I would be able to keep them alive either though in this heat, heck if I couldn't keep big healthy ones alive how would I be able to keep tender small ones? Tomato's will have to be bought from the store and added into the food budget. Yet another thing I can't afford but will have to find a way.
On the bright side it looks like I'll have some room where the tomato's are now.to put in some beans. The soil could use the nitrogen and we could use the beans! I can't just give up on trying to garden. To grow at least some of our own foods is of utmost importance. Especially in these trying times. If for nothing else I will grow vegetables for the rabbits. Hey, we all gotta eat!
Speaking of rabbits... those poor guys are hanging in there. I've been trying to keep them as cool as I can. I've got ice bottles that I take out for them during the heat of the day and keep them watered at all times. They have a good shady spot and their cages are all wire (except for the roof) so they have a shot at the hot breeze that blows here. If I can just keep them from croaking till it cools off I'll be happy. Then I can focus on breeding some meat rabbits. That will certainly help the food budget.
The chicken coop is on hold until I can wrangle up some wire for it. I keep hoping I'll run across some on Craigslist and look daily for some. Once the heat breaks there is much work to be done around here. Until then I'm nursing my broke toes and trying to stay cool.
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