Dry Land Farms And Gardens

Friday, April 18, 2014. Many local water district water managers announced that our local water supply lakes are at or will be at or below 25 percent capacity by the end of April without large strong storm rains falling in our lakes water shed.

dryland-farm1 The national weather service is predicting well below normal rain fall to continue into this Fall, with little hope of improving condition well into October or November.

25 percent capacity lake water levels is the magic number that triggers ‘mandatory’ stage 5 water conservation measures.

What does stage 5 water ration really mean? First for gardeners that means No outdoor water usage. No lawn or garden watering. No filling or refilling of swimming pools, kids pools, water fountains or fish ponds. No at home car washing. No Outdoor Water Usage!

First time offenders are subject to large fines. 2nd time offenders may have their water supply disconnected and additional fines.

Farmers that planted winter wheat back in September 2013 have what should be knee high wheat nearing harvest time is only 3 or 4 inches tall and quickly dieing from lack of rain fall.

dryland-farm2 Last years failed corn and maize crops are causing farmers to re-look / re-think what if anything they will plant this spring.

Stage 5 water rationing has forced me to reconsider what if anything I will plant in my tiny garden this year. I like my farming neighbors in the West and Southwest U.S. may be forced to abandon planting this years crop of cereal grain or vegetable crops.

As our dry spell continues, record numbers of feeder and market ready cows are being seen at local livestock auction barns as ranchers trying to keep only a few of their best cows and heifers to be used in rebuilding their herds when this drought comes to an end.

Beef in supermarkets is at a 27 year high averaging near $6.00 dollars a pound. The same report noted that the total cattle herd in the U.S., the largest beef producer in the world, is at a 63-year low.

It will take ranchers 3 to 5 years after this drought ends to rebuild their herds before we will see any ‘real’ drop in supermarket beef prices.

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26 responses to “Dry Land Farms And Gardens

  1. sedrate organizes

    I clicked “like” but there really isn’t anything to like about a drought. It’s funny how some parts of the world are soggy all the time and others suffer droughts.


  2. I’ve debated about commenting on this. I want to say something comforting, but a Level 5 water restriction would scare the piddle out of me.
    Have you thought about funneling grey water from showers, sinks and washing machines?
    One time I lined the bottom of a half barrel with clay, because I didn’t want to have to water it very often. It worked, in fact, I had to be careful about over watering.


    • Re cmmarcum I’m glad that you took time to comment. Thanks for your visit and for your comment(s). I do use gray water to water a few young wind block trees.
      A few years back I used gray water containing only soap, no detergents on some of my vegetables. The plants did great, However, my tomato’s, cucumbers and squash had what to me was a bad soapy taste.

      Happy gardening


  3. Here in So. Florida, you have to use top soil, etc because the sand is like a ducks back. You could leave the sprinklers on all days, push the sand with your finger and it is only wet about 1/2″ deep.


    • Re gpcox Thanks for your visit and for your comment(s). That thing about your water proof sandy soil is an odd but interesting tid-bit of information that needs researching to discover what causes your soil to shed and not soak up water.

      Happy gardening


  4. That is scary and must be so nervewracking. Can’t imagine it as we live on an Island that is a little over 26 miles around (shaped like a pork chop actually) and is surrounded by the Greater Niagara River which is fed by Lake Erie. We also have a creek running through our land which leads to the river so always water around. Seeing as I grew up in this area, I could not imagine a drought let alone food/hay/water for our animals on the farm.


    • Thanks for your visit and for your comment(s) 🙂 Grin … I feel the same way about places that are it seems are always on the edge of being flooded out from 1 unexpected heavy rain storm.
      Living in what I call a semi-desert we have learned though years of experience how to get the most benefit from the small amount of rain we do receive.

      Happy summer gardening


  5. I always feel like out of all the troubles that come a farmers way, drought is the worst. Weeks stretch into months stretch into years and it just goes on or could end tomorrow.


    • Re bittster -Thanks for your visit and for your comment(s)
      In terms of observed weather, 2 or 300 years is no more than the blink of an eye. But many so called weather experts believe that ending in about year 2000 or 2008 was a 100+ year period of unusually wet and stable weather for the Southwest and West U.S. and we are simply returning to more normal weather conditions.
      Farmers and Ranchers will be forced to reduce the numbers of livestock on feed per acre and go back to grain / cotton / vegetable crops that are very dry weather ‘low’ yielding varieties.

      Happy productive summer gardening


  6. I would love to send you our rain!


  7. Frightening! I hope rain will fall upon us soon–I can’t imagine what lies ahead of us once Stage 5 isn’t enough. I wrote a post about the drought condition in Southern, CA however, I have not seen harsh penalties, we really should instill them on our own. http://thefolia.com/2014/03/07/911-are-you-ready-for-the-big-one/


    • It seems that for some, mostly city dwellers, that as long as water runs out of the tap water conservation does not apply to them.
      That’s why harsh fines up to $5,000.00 per violation or even being disconnected from our public water supply is needed.

      happy gardening


  8. I am sorry to hear about your lack of rain. I will be praying for rain for you. What is this a bout a seed bank I missed that one.
    Good idea. I guess I live too far away. Postage would be too expensive. I hope I can find one closer to home.


    • Re puppiesinparadise Thanks for your nice comment(s)

      Seed saver / seed trader forum was setup to act as a place that seed savers/traders can meet, discuss seed saving what and how to best save seeds, mostly heirloom types.

      A place to find hard or impossible to find garden seeds. Even if you need to spend a $1.00 postage this is still cheap to get a heirloom seed(s) that your really want to have. Many times these seeds can be found no where else.

      Grin 🙂 tell all your friends about the Seed savers / traders forum. The forum is only useful if it is used by a good number of seed savers and traders.

      Happy gardening


  9. This makes me think of the documentary I watched the other day…


    • Re Jewels Thanks for your comment(s) and the video link.
      Long running dry periods are nothing new to the Southwest U.S.

      What is new is that since our last really dry spell the population has grow by leaps and bounds. Population in the Southwest is now 3 or 4 times what it was in the 1980 drought and may be 25 times as many people demanding more and more water than it was in the 1930’s dust bowl era drought.

      Happy wet gardening


  10. duriteaquaponics

    Reblogged this on DuRite Aquaponics.


  11. The land is returning to its natural states- dry scrub. I hope fires are not next for you!


    • Thanks for your comment(s) – With our long dry spell, over the past 5 years ‘most’ of the land subject to wild fires has been grazed short or cut short and bailed for livestock hay.
      Much of the real fire prone brush lands have burned in the last 5 years and posses little threat of wild fires until we get enough rain to get a season or two of regrowth of grass and scrub brush.

      Happy productive gardening


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