Pay no attention to the meteorologist in front of the green screen. The illusion of ample rainfall is as real as the image they’re standing in front of…it’s not. That doesn’t mean I have some precognitive ability, well not with regard to the weather anyway. The point is this: unless you receive 1-1/2 to 2 inches of rainfall over the next twenty-four hours, you need to be watering. It is not bone-dry everywhere, but it is in many places; and you don’t have to be Nostradamus to know that. Simply observe the dust.
In the event you don’t have a rain gauge (and you call yourself a gardener) simply place a cylindrical vessel outside away from trees and other obstructions. A drinking glass will work just fine. While the accuracy of this method is not perfect, it is way better than guesstimate. Comparatively few folks live near the airport where the ‘official’ totals are derived. You need information that is location specific: your location. Do not be lulled into a sense of security by optimistic forecasts; deal with the facts, and while you’re waiting for the results of your data collection, water. While you're pondering that, no doubt you are inquiring, “when is the best time to water?” The best time is when you are thinking about it and willing to do it; I suggest five minutes from now.
I want to give a mention about the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. We are thrilled to again be a part of the ‘Celebration of Life’. Next week, we will construct a 30 foot pink ribbon out of Knockout roses, at Hermitage Golf Course. As always, Barbara and Mike Eller are the gracious hosts. I invite you to lend your support to a most worthy cause, where every dollar raised supports recovery in Tennessee! Go to www.tbcc.org for full details.
I also encourage you to give us a visit. We are extending our 51% off one item for an additional week! Grab a free iced bottle of water while shopping.