This crazy summer weather continues on and on. Several early 1900’s high temperatures have been broken. The mornings start out pleasant but quickly rise to the high 90’s.
No rain in two months. Dry land and vegetation makes a high fire risk. The caliche dust on the county roads rises like a fine powder and hovers in the air for what seems like forever. High dust clouds announce anyone traveling anywhere nearby.
Last summer when the ponds were totally dry, grasses and weeds grew up. Then spring rains filled the ponds up. Now they have dried again, leaving those dead plants and other crud stuck to them standing alone.
Notice the stratum of this land cutaway. The top layer of soil is about 2 – 3 inches. The white layer below that is caliche. Under that is clay. It’s a wonder that anything grows here. But trees and some native shrubs do survive.
This explains why I used raised beds in the yard.
This scraped plot was done by using a skid loader with a tilted bucket. The purpose was to take away the weeds and loosen the top soil. Then we scattered wildflower seeds. It is in a pasture between the house and the barn. So we should be able to enjoy the flowers.
Now we are praying for rain. Autumn rains are needed for Texas wildflowers to succeed. Actually, rain is desperately needed for everything.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it’s stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain