Thursday, August 14, 2008
First, I want to make very clear that Chicagoland is not in a drought this year. I repeat, there is no drought. I also want to emphasize that I mulched the garden. The good covering of mulch is what delayed my discovery of the problem. My first clue that something was amiss was when a previous healthy Columbine started wilting. When I moved the mulch, I found a bunch of big, deep cracks in the soil. To try to determine how deep the cracks went, I stuck my Japanese type weeder, affectionately known as my "Hari Kari" kife, into the crack.It's 6 1/2 inches from the tip of the blade to the hilt. I'm shocked that the three Campanula 'Dickson's Gold' haven't started dying.I don't know why my soil does this, but every year it develops these big cracks. I just keep filling them with compost and hoping for the best. Guess I'd better start watering the garden again.