Gardening through the drought

July 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm 1 comment

Here at Maymont, we usually enjoy a variety of tasks, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas in store for us.  With the drought that we have been experiencing for the last month, our primary duty has been maintaining all of our plantings, including our gardens and trees. Some may think of watering as mundane, but I see it as nurturing and life sustaining, almost in defiance of the arid environmental qualities that have been put upon us. With temperatures over 100 degrees for 6 days so far, very low humidity, and breezy days, it has almost been like our plants have been put in front of a hair dryer for the last month. We spend a lot of time hand watering our annual and perennial gardens,  and certain trees and shrubs that are within the range of a water source. For the remote trees and containers, five gallon buckets of water are utilized three times a week, putting down almost 300 gallons, or over a ton, of water in just a single day. When the rain does return, we will be satisfied with the beauty around us, that we were able to sustain for all to enjoy.  Submitted by Caroline Harding, Senior Horticulturist, Maymont Foundation.

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  • 1. Shelton West  |  July 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I know what you are dealing with as well. I have 3and 1 half acres of vegetable garden that I have been irrigating from my 1 acre spring fed pond. You can tell the difference in the water level over the last 2 months. The garden would have been dead without it. We do need rain!

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