The Heart Break Of Being A Home Gardener

Today there is two less mouths to feed on this Tiny Farm. Michelle L sold her Jenny and colt {Baby Jack}. They were picked up yesterday morning. She still needs to send her Holstein steer #108 to the butcher. He’s not quite 900 pounds yet, but, with the cost of hay and range cube supplements it will be better to deduce her herd down to three longhorns and one jack }guard-donkey} than to keep feeding him to the magic 1000 pound mark.

Temperatures topped the 110% mark Friday and was 109% yesterday, forecasting 108% today. It was just to much and I have lost two of my doe rabbits to the heat. I hope that I don’t loose any more. You can’t hardly freeze a rabbit to death, but, they can easily become over heated and die.

Dry wind and excessive heat is really taking it’s toll on my Tiny Garden. Tomato’s and cucumbers refuse to grow or bloom, what squash and zucchini is setting fruit is dieing on the vines. However my grasshopper hoard is doing just fine in this intensive heat wave! They have eaten all my radishes and beets, they are working hard to eat my onions back to the ground.

The past 180 days have been the driest ever recorded in the pact 90 years sense the state started keeping weather records. We are well into our 5th year of drought and the Bad News is conditions are not excepted to improve until {Maybe} 2012. National weather service says that conditions are now worst {drier} than they were during the 1930’s that attributed to causing the Great Dust Bowl years.

Due to the dry conditions and early onset of high temperatures this years winter wheat crops were near a total failure. Soil is sill to dry and most cotton farmers have not even attempted to plant this years cotton crop. Add to this the dramatic price increase of fertilizers, planting seed and fuel cost, I fear we will see a lot of farms and farm equipment go on the auction block this fall and winter.

Without a prolonged wet spell, farmers and ranchers will soon be forced to reduce their herd size, sending a lot of young smallish, feeder calf’s to market, causing the price of feeders to plummet further depressing the beef market price. Feed grains are still rising in cost as is the cost of buying hay. Livestock watering ponds are quickly drying up and this will put more pressure on farmers and ranchers causing them to haul water for their livestock herds.

For us non-farmers, that translates to higher food cost at our supermarket checkout stands. Floods in the midwest {corn and soybean belt} and brush/grass fires in the south and southwest compounds this ever growing problem.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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2 responses to “The Heart Break Of Being A Home Gardener

  1. News of your drought in the southern States hit our news broadcasts last week. Combined with the devastation from this season’s tornadoes it would seem that the economic impact to your region is going to be deep and long term. It is a good thing that you seem a very patient and resilient people … smile …

    I feel blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest where most of us don’t give water usage another thought. Now that we are getting days of sunshine [22/74 degrees today] our gardens are shooting ahead daily.

    So I am off to wage war on slugs and other leaf eating insects and wish you some relief from your 100+ degree days…. S.


    • I don’t think we are special, but, I do think we must be a bit harsh and hardy people to not only survive this areas unpredictable and sometimes harsh weather and heat, but to also thrive and even call this place our home. 🙂

      Grin, at least I do not need to do battle with slugs… things must be wet to have a slimy old slug!

      Happy gardening


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