I replaced my rain barrel which was leaking a week ago, still no new rain to fill it. The rain that cooled things down the other day was only a sprinkle and didn't fill the barrel enough to reach the spigot. My water bill is going to be insane. BTW, my friend said put like a cup bleach in it when it's full and it won't stink, duh, that's probably easier to get than potassium permanganate. Although I might still get some for water purification for drinking for SHTF. You have to be careful with it, and not use too much though.
My corn is OK, but I've been watering it every day and I only have like 20 SF of it. It's heirloom baby red corn. You can let it stay on the cob longer and get popcorn from it instead. My corn hasn't started making flowers yet, and it's about 4 feet tall.
This is going to make the price of food go way up this winter. That and the economic crash that's a-coming. When we get 8 dollar gas, nobody will be able to afford to farm or drive food around the country. I'm thinking the thing to do is to plant winter wheat where I have amaranth and grass now, and hope to harvest it in April, probably by hand. If I'm still here.
This spring I was going to plant half an acre of adzuki beans, lentils and wheat at my friend's farm. It would have dried to a crisp. I'm glad the tiller getting stuck in the mud dissuaded me. The adzuki and lentils I grew at home (little test patches) all dried to a crisp even with daily watering.
This heat wave (although it's not as hot as it was) is just something else. It's been hotter than the hubs of Hell. The Old Farmer's Almanac said it would be COOL and dry, not an oven and dry. Blargh. Weather men all lie... or maybe someone at HAARP is laughing. They're up in Alaska, they can't feel how hot it is here.
Well, I guess I better get out there and water, and fire up the A/C unit cause it's hot in here. I probably should not have turned it off for the day.
Note from JWR:
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