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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Tomato plants are starting to provide red tomatoes, along with the cucumbers, okra and peppers.

Making the most of little rain there is

I built and installed my second rain barrel just before the last rain. It seems strange to be adding a rain barrel during drought conditions but we have had heavy four rains this summer, enough to fill the barrel four times.

I have been trying to conserve water and yet water the plants and trees that really need it. I have a lot of trees on my property that has helped the grass survive the heat. Purdue Extension website has information on how much water it takes to care for your yard during a drought and other drought information.

My vegetable garden is actually doing well, but the tomato and cucumber plants have taken a beating and look it. I been watering my tomato and cucumber plants really well each morning and this has gotten them through the really hot days. I am now starting see lots of tomatoes but I am also now finding lots of half eaten tomatoes laying around the garden. I suspect raccoons.

Squirrels are also digging holes in my pots and garden because the rest of the yard is too hard. I guess they are looking for nuts and can't remember where they buried them.

The sunflowers, sugar water and jam for the birds are keeping them fed well so I really don't know why they insist on digging up my garden.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)