No Matter How you Spell it, Drought is a Four-Letter Word

As I sit here writing about the drought in California, it is currently raining.

snow-moreUp in Oregon, the snow is coming down hard.  Many of my Portland friends/family have posted photos of the white stuff – some happy about it, and some — not so happy, and stuck in traffic as they try to navigate to or from work.

While California has been making the headlines with its impending drought, lack of rain has brought extremely dry conditions to parts of other states as well:  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah.  That’s a lot of states.

polar vortexThis is a year of extremes; it’s either too much (polar vortex) or not enough (drought).month_drought

photoAlthough it’s only February, tomato seedlings are popping up in their trays, and marigold seeds have been started.  Within the next week or so, I plan on sowing a cover crop into my raised beds to increase the nutrients of the soil.  I’d like to plant a vegetable garden this year, but because of water restrictions, I’ll have to give more thought as to what to plant, how much to plant, and when to plant.  With some tweaks in preparation and implementation, it may be possible.  What are your plans?

Next up, Meh: Cover Crops