In my garden this week: monsoon season! Rain, rain, and more rain. As you can see in the pictures above we get a lot of water in a very short time. Yesterday morning within 15 minutes we had 3 inches of rain pour off our roof. We have gutters, but not very effective ones. We have a complete water harvesting overhaul listed in the plans for next spring. That means replacing the existing gutters and putting in a cistern to hold the water. Something we’ll have the pros come do for us. For now I am taking notes on where the water pools and how best to dig holes to channel runoff.
I’ve been reading up on permaculture and water harvesting in an effort to get a more sustainable backyard plan going. I figure if we are going to live in the desert better do it responsibly.
As for the food in my garden it’s mostly basil and tomatoes. I recently planted a lot of sunflowers and native corn beans and squash and they all were sprouting and then one morning I walked out to find the dog had eaten them all. Needless to say Lily is not allowed outside unsupervised anymore. I replanted of course and so with all the rain we shall see what comes up.
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