Most Gardens will Die this week!

@jennybianca (12914)
Australia
March 6, 2008 8:03pm CST
This is what our Government & SA Water authorities have been telling us the past few days. We are in the midst of our longest heatwave since 1940. Eight days straight of over 35 degrees celcuis is predicted, most of those days at 38 or 39 degrees. As we are in an eleven year drought, & water restrictions have been in place for quite some time, the combination of a heatwave & little watering of our gardens, will spell their doom. Apparently it is the last straw for our gardens. They have been without sufficient water for far too long, & having a heatwave this late in summer is likely to kill most gardens. I am madly trying to keep mine alive with buckets of water & washing machine water on the lawn. I have already lost two favourite plants.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
This is just so sad... seems like this Global Warming thing is affecting even the most innocent creature on Earth... here in my country... we are like having a cold spell at night... it is already March... and it is still cold in the evening... not that i am complaining... since we are able to save a little from not using the aircondition... but it sometimes bug me that... the world's climate is fast changing... I hope you can save most of the plants in your garden...
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
Yes, it has been said that our drought is due to global warming.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I am sorry you are having so much trouble. It sounds like it could be a big problem. It is hard to keep things growing when we aren't allowed to put water on them. I hope you guys get some drought relief soon and the heat wave lets up.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
No rain is forecast. At the moment it is 35 degrees outside & it is only 1.00pm. The max is not until around 4.00pm.
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@peavey (16876)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I'm in the US, so we're waiting on spring, but the weather has been extreme in many ways this year. I hope you can save your garden. I so want a good garden this year but I don't know if the weather will cooperate.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
I may be able to save three quarters of it if I am careful & water every night with a watering can.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
7 Mar 08
This is very unfortunate. I understand your pain. You put so much time and effort to see your babies grow up and die from something beyond your control. There is a possibility they will make it. If there has been insufficient water the plants will have to create a deeper root system to get to the water in the ground. This might save them. You will probably have to cut them back. It might be a good idea to cut them back before the heat wave. Less plant matter means less water lost through expiration. I would suffer dearly from this type of situation. I try to catch as much water as I can in the spring to save on my water bill as well as a safety net in case of a drought. Last but not least... maybe you can throw a pig or some sheep in a volcano or something. A sacrifice might bring the rains.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Starting this year I am going to bury the plastic cat litter containers with holes drilled in them. I can open them to catch rain as well as put a lid on them to keep it from evaporating. You can slowly add fertilizers. It has many benefits. Some people us plastic milk jugs and 5 gallon buckets.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
9 Mar 08
I just throw the cast litter under the fruit trees, which would not be as effective as your method.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I'm going to use empty cat litter containers to water the plants. The amount of water lost to evaporation would be minimal.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
Plug your tub when you take a shower and use the water from the tub to water your plants. I remember about 25 years ago we had a restriction on water use. I saved the water from the dishes and from the bathtub to water the garden. The garden survived.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
14 Mar 08
I do all that. Collecting used water is no problem , as there are plenty of sources The problem is that many aussies, including me, have such enormous yards, that we can't possibly water our entire garden by hand. I am on a 1/4 acre block. Thats why we all have sprinklers & trigger nozzle hoses. But of course they are all banned now, & to keep up the supply of water required by hand, for a large garden, in 40 degree temperatures, is near high impossible. But I am trying.
• United States
7 Mar 08
As we head towards Spring after what I consider to be a very mild Winter I just wonder what is in store for us. Last year we had a dreadful drought which also gave us terrible wildfires and water rationing so I know what you are going through. I just hope Mother Nature will be kinder this year.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
They have now upgraded this heatwave to the longest ever in history.. 12 days is predicted. When I was at swimming trials last night, I had my hubby outside with a watering can trying to water as many plants as possible. I have lost two of my favourites so far.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Sorry to hear about the drought. I couldn't imagine such a thing. We have almost the opposite here, and my yard is so soggy right now with all the snow and rain we've had. Wish I could send a little over your way to help.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
Yes, send at least half your rain to me. The heatwave is now officially the longest in history.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
This is sad Jenny! I didn't realise how bad you guys are going down there with the drought. As you probably know, QLD has had some decent rain in the last couple of months. So much so that they let us have a 'wet weekend' where we could hose as much as we wanted for a whole hour! All I can suggest is yeah, keep your washing water. Put buckets in your show and catch the water (you'd be suprised at how much you can collect from one shower). Um...keep a bucket next to your kitchen sink so whenever you rinse something out, instead of tipping the dirty water down the sink, throw it in the bucket (even if you're just rinsing out a mug after a coffee). It all adds up and you can collect quite a bit of water this way. For a while there I was also scoping out the water after I'd done my dishes and putting that on the garden,. it didn't seem to hurt them at all. Good luck and if all else fails, you'll have to plant drought resistant plants! Grow a cactus garden!
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
I have sen how much rain you have had in Qld, but it has caused so many bad floodings, which is often the case with a lot of rain after a drought. I have been using washing machine water to water my back lawn for awhile now. Then I decided that my fruit trees badly needed a water, so I bought a different kind of washing liquid, one with no phosphates, etc. The lawn didn't care that I was using cheap washing powder, but the fruit trees would. I am still not sure if I am using the correct washing liquid though.
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I am sad for you Jenny B. It sounds like you are doing what you can. I have been known to catch buckets of water in the shower for my plants. I miss it when I lose favorites. Maybe soon your drought will break.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
7 Mar 08
We are allowed to use a watering can. But have you tried watering a huge front & back yard ( I am on a 1/4 acre block) with a can, or bucket?
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