The majority of Oklahoma experienced a sustaining drought throughout last fall and on through Winter 2010-11. No rain. Zero. When this kind of thing happens in the winter, it’s not quite as noticeable as it is when green things are growing. However the situation was pretty bad: until just a few days ago fire warnings had been published, all our snow had only amounted to mere tenths of an inch once melted and the winter wheat was really suffering.
Then last week the rain came. In torrents. Although our whole state didn’t get moisture, a good deal did and that “good deal” included My Little Victory Garden. Two days after Mick had plowed up the beautiful soil into a soft loam for planting, the rain came with a vengeance. My yard still has “wavy grass” reminders, my garden was flooded and the aftermath is a now uneven, cracked plot with sand in it. Why sand? The rain was so hard it found a weak, lower area in our neighbors yard and drilled down behind our retaining wall, oozing out the native sandy loam through the cracks. But that wasn’t the worst damage. My garden got off easy.
No, the worst damage happened one mile from my home. A newly completed retaining wall, holding back mounds of earth bordering a new business parking lot collapsed. Completely. I felt sorry for the business owner, but luckily they were not planning on opening the first store for another week; I’m glad it happened before business began. That kind of collapse could have meant danger for someone had they been around.
So, the rain was a bit of a mixed blessing. I’ll need to reorganize the dirt in the bed once the seeds are up so water coverage will distribute evenly. However, I can’t tell exactly where all my planting rows are so I’ll need to wait a bit. There are signs of life, however, even after just one week. Here’s the report…