The heat of summer has come just in time for the tomatoes to ripen. Our new raised beds are doing great, probably planted a few too many of everything (OK, not probably...) but a nice addition to the garden areas. Kale chips have been the main crop so far, with plenty to share and more leaves coming on daily.
With the heat comes less rain in the forecast so now is the time to being making good use of the rain water you've been saving. If you don't have a system in place, it's never to late to get started. Come in and see us or call the shop to see how you can get set up.
Remember, we'll be at the Iowa State Fair in the Varied Industries Building, just inside the main doors and turn right. Stop and say hello and take advantage of the Fair specials. By the way, if you have pictures of your Rain Barrels Iowa setup please send them to us so we can begin posting all the ways people have found to harvest rain!
As a last note for the day, you can see from the second picture that we have our first canned beans of the season, waxed and green. I'll share a story about why there aren't more after I get past the "head slap" moment that it involves. But for now they are starting to get new leaves and produce again. Happy harvesting.
Well, we had spring rains to get the season off to a good start plus all the rains through the month of June. So many people have come in to get their barrels set up and ready to go, new harvesters and returning old hands all gearing up for getting away from using city water. We can all make a difference in the amount of water we use and how we treat this precious natural resource.
On another note, the new design for the front yard is working great, finished the fences since the bunnies decided to invade. Amended soil and mulched paths are making this season so much better than the last two. Also have the raised beds in the back up and running, not as much soil as needed but will fill them to the top for next season. All in all a great start to the projected harvest to come.
Let me know if you are coming up with new ways to save water and slow runoff from your property. We can all benefit from what others are doing and sharing ideas. Happy gardening.
Joel Gettys is the co-founder of Rain Barrels Iowa. He is our resident gardener, product designer, chief of installation at our Rain Barrels Iowa store.