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Genesee County is still very dry do the lack of rain and your garden may be suffering as-well.

Even with the recent bit of rain we’ve been seeing according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the County is still listed as experiencing moderate drought conditions.

Some of you may be wondering what you can do to keep your plants alive during the dry spell.

Jan Beglinger is with the Cornell Cooperative Extension she shared some advice to how you can keep your plants from looking grim.

“Keeping water on your plants is the main thing. Watering in the morning is probably the best, because you get less evaporation, however if watering at night is the only time you can do it you want to put water right at the base of the plant get the roots soaked. If you do lose a plant you want to look for something that is more drought tolerant or else even consider enhancing the soil with some organic matter and that will make it able to hold more water if we get another dry season,” Beglinger said.      

Beglinger said if certain plants can be taken inside you should do so. Gardens may be getting some relief soon though, as forecasters are calling for thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. 

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# marcia yacuzzo
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:36 AM
Jan,
I enjoy your columns very much.

This one prompts me to share this idea for watering plants in summer. When washing laundry, re use the wash and rinse water! I started this years ago during a severe drought - keep a pail or 2 near the washer, and dip water into the pail before it spins out. A smaller kit. kettle with handle makes a great dipper to water plants. Plants seem to like the soapy and plain water. (esp. my roses)..

Marcia

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