My area of Indiana has been in extreme drought with record breaking temperatures. What started out as an beautiful early spring with warmer than normal temperatures and promising crops has turned into a nightmare for the farmers.
Our rivers and reservoirs are drying up and water restrictions are in place.
It is odd to see people and their pets playing in the river as though it is a mere creek...
Here at Robin's Nesting Place the drought has taken a toll on my garden as well. I have not been watering the plants and grass but I do keep five bird baths filled with fresh water. With this excessive heat the birds desperately need the water.
Because I have not been watering I have lost most of my trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses. In fact, there isn't much that has survived.
So that is what I have been doing. Early in the morning or late in the evening when the heat and humidity are not too unbearable, I am digging up dead plants, lots and lots of dead plants! My plan is to clean up and slowly replant, taking care to dig deeper and make sure to enrich the soil where I am planting.
The Lowe's challenge for July is Problem Solving – Tackling tough spots in your yard or garden
Choose one of your trickier outdoor gardening spots. From mulching ideas to decorative rocks, use your Lowe’s card to tackle your most troublesome gardening spots."
Well, I certainly have plenty of troubled spots to choose from! It will take time to replace the plants that I have lost, but hopefully this time around I will choose better plants for my zone 5 garden. I am grateful to Lowe's for helping me to get started with this overwhelming project!
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