I was full of hope when I started the balcony garden in the early spring. I had started growing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, mostly from seed.
After last year’s gardening lessons, I knew what to do. (See Growing Vegetables in a Balcony http://wp.me/p1dmhM-v) I did not expect to get all my vegetables from the garden, but I did count on a harvest or two.
Well, my hopes have been dashed, as the plants all dried out. Alas, the plants could not withstand the extreme heat. When we returned from the backpacking weekend, the plants were all droopy. I had left those self watering globes but they were not enough. No amount of watering was able to revive them.
Because it’s a balcony garden, it does not get any irrigation. Due to the extreme heat, the garden needs daily watering. We have had a drought in our area for the last few months, with no sign of relief. Last year, we got regular showers and downpours which kept the garden alive on days I was unable to water it.
This year is different. I did not think it would be that obvious but the drought is very noticeable. Just walking along the bayous you can see all the dry patches, and there are a lot of areas where the waterways are all dried out. It is a bit alarming, what this drought may do to large scale food production.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are concerned about supplementing your food supplies, gardening is still a good skill to have. But even on a small scale, I have learned you need redundancy in your plan due to the possibility of a bad harvest. Drought happens. Now for plan B: I think I will try to plant some herbs and veggies indoors.