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.