North slope

So the weird weather caught me off guard. It was so dry in the fall, I never took down my drip irrigation system. The hard freeze in early December cracked the controller cases, sending water all over my yard. Oh well.

Then, I didn’t water for almost two months. Wondering if my fruit trees would still be alive, I checked the soil early this week and found it was still moist. There were tufts of green grass. My kale and onions were still alive too. Credit the north slope of my back yard and the shade cast by my neighbor’s trees.

That same shade and slope make it hard to get productivity out of a winter garden. But they may also mean a very water-efficient place to grow the summer garden if the drought continues.

So I guess I’m grateful despite the cracked cases on my drip controllers.


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