Most of the Midwest and East remains mired in a persistent and severe drought. It’s a large-scale agricultural event with corn crops failing and soil cracking. Smaller gardens are faring better because they can be more easily irrigated, but that hasn’t spared the Amish completely. These onions are withering under the unforgiving sun at this Amish home in Pike County, Ohio (actually the onions don’t look terrible, but the ground is dry, dry, dry!) And other plants are barely holding their own in the crumbly soil (pic below).
The Amish Cook’s garden hasn’t been spared from the ravages of the drought. Lovina lost one of her corn patches from the dry summer. But so far,so good on her tomatoes. They look to be faring relatively well and I even spotted the orange orb of an early pumpkin in her garden and a nearby watermelon. In the tomato photo, note Lovina’s creative use of “cattle panels” which she uses effectively, bent in the middle, to make ‘A’ Frames to straddle two rows of climbing vegetables, like pole beans or, in this case, tomatoes. Excuse the “smudge” in the middle of the tomato photo, I’m not sure how that got on the lens. Doesn’t that pumpkin give us a nice reminder that cooler autumn days can’t be THAT far away?
So, how is your garden faring in the Great Drought of 2012?