Well, this past weekend, we were out and about on the farm, and around the local area.. Digging in my gardens, it was startling to see just how dry some of it is already.. then we did some work in the pastures and while my front big pasture still has some wet area’s, my slew is down to mud, and my pond is down by half..
Lets break pond info.. this our eighth spring, two springs, the pond overflowed and joined the slew area, five springs the pond filled and would be full to the brim right now, and this year.. we are down by half.. hmmmm
Then I went for walk in my past cow pasture (aka Small pasture) and was very surprised to realize that is green yes but also dry.. my wetter area’s did not swish under foot, so I headed to my lowest spot and its summer dry as well..
The weather gave us April in March and I have a late june water dryout in the first two weeks of april! Just to drive home, Farmer R was working in his back field, and he had dust behind his tractor, normally, he can’t even get on the land at this point, its to wet, I’m flood zone, that never flooded this spring..
Needless to say, we have already put and extra gutter, the rainbarrels and are looking at doing an extra roof or two to create a bigger storage amount.. my back well which is drilled is and will produce water as its nice and deep but my front house well is already showing of a dropping water table.. this is not good, as we typically do major house cleaning in the spring as we have lots of water, good thing I did alot last month..
I think we are going to have to start our late summer/early fall water rationing in regards tothe house now, instead of late june or july..hmmm I need some good heavy spring rains so fill up a dozen or so 55 gallon drums..
What is this going to do in regards to my hay crop? Garden crops etc.. not bad enough that everything is off in regards to starting timing, now I am going to have to worry about watering.. I am going to have to do even more dry land spacing in the gardens and mulch heavily to keep what I have in the soil..
One more reason to really like those hugelbeet’s, they hold alot of water in the wood and release it much slower for the plants.. So anyone in ontario that got hit with this early spring, also finding it dry in their area?