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Lack of water impeding late season gardening efforts

By Penny Stine

I’ve been periodically checking the three Brussels Sprouts plants I have in various places in the garden, but no little sprouts have formed anywhere. The plants are pretty big, but they’re not doing much.

I think they really could stand a little more water than they’ve received, but for some reason, we don’t have enough flowing in our ditch to run our sprinklers. They haven’t turned off the water yet in my neck of the irrigation woods, so I don’t know what’s going on.

The lack of water may finally convince those big green tomatoes still on the vine to ripen, but the Swiss chard, kale, carrots, kohlrabi, peppers, tomatillos and these sprouts aren’t too happy about it. Or at least that’s what they told me.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping the 50 percent chance of rain for tomorrow turns into a good soak for the garden.

I’m also hoping that these itsy bitsy little sprouts (they’re currently so small that you can’t even see them where the leave breaks off from the stalk, but really, they’re there - and they’re about 1 centimeter across) have an “aha!” moment and decide to grow bigger.