My seven-year-old niece came over this week, looked out the window with a frown, and told me, "Your gardens are looking... really, really bad." Which is entirely true. The lawn is totally dead, since my husband and I elected not to use water keeping it alive, and the vegetable garden is down to just a few sad plants. What do you do?
It sure feels like extreme weather—from floods to heat waves, just not at the same time or in the same place—is becoming the norm.
Weather is inevitable, but how we manage it is entirely up to us. As for us, we have prioritized when it comes to energy and water usage during this hot, hot drought, by following our city's water restrictions and also letting our lawn go the way of the dinosaur. We have programmed our thermostat and have taken full advantage of ice water and cold beers to get us through the hot summer evenings.
We're sure you've had to adapt similarly—what kinds of changes has the weather in your area encouraged (or forced) you to make?
(Image: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)