Saturday, July 28, 2012

Starting Over

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...

ankle deep in some parts.

A lot of people have removed their boats from the lakes and have them in storage.

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, I am starting over. In a small way, I am glad. When I first moved to Indiana from Alabama, I had no clue how to garden with such extreme temperatures and crazy weather. I had a new home with only sod and a few plants in the front yard.

Because my back and side yard is surrounded by our neighborhood common area, I was desperate to have privacy and clear boundaries. I bought a lot of trees, shrubs and grasses with very little planning.

When these homes were built the farm soil was scraped away and sold, leaving only hard clay. Even after ten years my plants are still struggling to grow. The roots are so shallow that they are pretty easy to dig up.

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!

Don't forget to check out Lowe's Creative Ideas for more project inspiration! 


Cyndi said...

The silver lining in the cloud, as it were. :) It hurts to see all those beautiful plants dried up. What wonderful spiritual analogies though! Several come to mind... as I'm sure they do for you, too!

Thankful for the Lord's provision via Lowe's to help you replace the dead with life!

Love you!

Kathleen said...

It's been a horrible year for us too Robin so I feel your pain. I'm sure you will have your garden looking better than ever before long & with plants that can withstand harsher conditions. I am going to have to do that here too although I've been handwatering so the losses are not yet what you have. If the lack of rain persists, we may have more restrictions too. Praying things change soon for all of us...

NITA said...

It seems the weather has been rather unusual in many places, sad to see plants and trees withered. But what is the saying "Beauty from Ashes"

Hope things become more normal for you soon

NITA said...

It seems the weather has been rather unusual in many places, sad to see plants and trees withered. But what is the saying "Beauty from Ashes"

Hope things become more normal for you soon

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yep, we are in that dark brown EXTREME area. UGH... It is depressing. I am looking at it like an opportunity too. You will create an even better garden no doubt.