This has been an extremely tough summer for most of Texas. It hasn’t rained and the severe drought is badly hurting farmers and ranchers. Cities have to ration water and us domestic gardeners are allowed to water our gardens only twice a week and that also in the evening or at night. Plants are withering – those that require a lot of water have died and most are showing signs of stress. Vegetables are not bountiful and what little is produced is not as robust and plump as normally is. Texas is stuck in a prolonged drought and the US economy is in a recession. What do you do? How do you cope? How can your garden survive?
You play with the cards you are dealt and do the best you can. You give water to the plants that have the best chances of survival and yes the weakest won’t make it. If you try to distribute the same water over all plants equally, your weakest plants may survive but just barely and won’t be able to give you much flowers, fruits and vegetables. With not much output that you can eat or sell, you may perish along with your garden. If you water selectively, parts of your garden will thrive enough to keep you alive and healthy so when the rains return, you have energy enough to start planting anew.
There are many things over which us humans have no control just like droughts and abundance of rain or a recession and periods of strong growth. We have to be flexible enough and sensible enough to change our plans and our approach when extraneous circumstances demand it. In rough times focus on your core products. Your core product is what can sustain you even if all other products are taken away from you. It can be a product a service or a skill. For example, ranchers are giving away horses so they can conserve water for their cows. Focus on your core to stay alive. When you see the economy turning around, start diverting resources to other products but till that happens, focus on your core.