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It’s been a while since I’ve updated the goings on in my garden. To be honest, I became quite disheartened. The drought combined with knee pain made it difficult to hand water the plot to extent that I should have; hence, most things failed to thrive. Even the seemingly robust zucchini’s flowers failed to do anything vegetative.The peppers survived and grew, however, and I plan to pick the veg soon.

The herbs were dogged, but dried out. I’ll find some pots and see if I can get them going at home over the winter.

I learned a lot with this experiment. Gardening is similar to child rearing in that everyone has an opinion on how it ought to be done. People are also willing to give you theirs! Charlie, my regular customer, showed up one day with a bag FULL of lovely tomatoes, zuchinis, peppers and herbs. (I really do love bookselling.)

She was also brimming with encouragement that next year would be different. I’m hopeful it will, but it depends a great deal on water. As I’ve recently been diagnosed with arthritis, I’m less willing to haul water upstairs to make up for the lack of rain. The irrigation problem must be solved before I invest time and money next year. That said, I’m thinking more peppers and container flowers.

We shall see.

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  1. Can you somehow get a rainbarrel back there? I know this summer wouldn’t have filled a rainbarrel at all, but after some of those rare downpours, you might have had enough to keep things going for a few weeks.

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    • I researched rainbarrels in the spring, but the logistics and cost made it unfeasisble this year. The issue with the external tap may be solved in time for next spring. It’s something I can’t fix; I have to rely on others. Infrastructure gets tricky when it’s not your building. About five years ago, when I lived in The Bunker, I grew cherry tomatoes in a pot. I poured water from my humidifier on them when it didn’t rain. Worked a treat! I’m not so lucky this time around.

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