Friday, June 22, 2012

The reality of a drought summer

So, Long Shadow Farm does not own a share of water (yeah, we're researching it...) so growing things is going to be tough this year. We've been relying on our retention pond (which is where our ducks live) and we used some on the pasture to try and grow grass for the sheep. Right now, we are using most of it to make sure our young orchard doesn't perish this summer. That means, we are using less water to grow a garden. I have some tomatoes, some basil, some squash in the greenhouse - the super benefit there is that the water evaporates into the air, then condenses on the plastic at night when it's cool. When it warms in the morning, that water "rains" back onto the plants. So water loss is minimized. Unlike our external gardens - where water that evaporates is gone to us. So we are trying to use our water for plants that grow year to year - like our orchard and raspberry patch. It's also important to grow pasture for the animals.

What am I trying to say? We're likely not going to be selling fruits and veggies this year. Who knows, I might be overrun with cucumbers in the green house and will sell them, but otherwise, what little we may reap will likely end up in our tummies (or our daughter's!) and the rest of our resources are going to point towards the animals. It's going to be a long, hot, dry summer. This is one of those situations that farmer's dread!