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Weather Droughts, Personal Droughts

One of my favorite Erma Bombeck quotes: “The grass is always greener over the septic tank.”  It made me laugh years ago, but right now, the septic field is the only green spot in our whole lawn, compliments of the Midwest Drought of 2012. Front yards are filled with brown, crunchy grass, with gray weeds rising defiantly above.  The ground under said grass is like lumpy concrete – no more bare-footin’ for me!  The soil near the chrysanthemums is split with foot-deep dry cracks.  We water flowers and vegetables (and the thistle that’s growing in the midst of my newly planted asparagus) by hose, good soaks every other day.  The grass is only dormant, they tell us.  It will come back.  Right … probably loaded with weeds. This last week, though, the lawn has grown in interesting patterns.  The leaves on the big maples were beginning to wilt, and the … Continue reading

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