The main reason is the vegetable garden. I have scaled back the planting to perhaps a third of what I would normally grow because of our drought conditions but even that small amount requires water. Municipal water is expensive, very expensive! And it's monitored strictly. Because we are not a large scale ranch or farm we do not have access to large scale rates so we pay household rates for our water no matter how we use it.
I have just four tomatoes, three squash, two peppers two potato barrels, the strawberry patch and my rhubarb. I planted green beans twice and they did not even come up! The heat has been brutal this year and none of this is thriving since I have had to be very stingy with the water even if it is from our own well.
|The squash is struggling. This is how big it is even though it's the end of July!|
|The strawberry patch|
Every morning they crowd around to see what I brought them from the kitchen. Keeping them cool and healthy is a top priority so they have clean, fresh water at all times and I hose down their yard once or twice a day on hot days to make them comfortable. It's all about the ladies around here, it's not called the EL Palacio de las Galinas (the Chicken Palace) for nothing!
|A girl has to have a flower or two or what's it all for?|