But then, oh happy day, around 5:30, another squall line came through and, over the next hour and half, dropped another .6" of sweet sweet rain. (Total so far this month - a measly 1.75")
All my water barrels are filled (3 x 55 gal). I even managed to catch some overflow from the garage barrel into a 32-gallon trash container (about 15 gallons).
But rain in a barrel does little good compared to the nice soaking the all the gardens got. Things were starting to drop leaves, go dormant (the grass hasn't been mowed for 2 weeks). The rain came just in the nick of time, too, as this week will see only more sun and lots of 90s. *pant*
I'd used up all the previous contents of the garage barrel to set out most of the rest of the deck plants. There's room to swing a cat out there now and would be a nice place to visit -- if the temps weren't so torrid.
(added later: rueful update -- Just back in from a quick walkaround, checked the shed barrels (full) and the veg beds. The downside of long periods of heat and no rain require deeper mulching with available grass clippings. The .75 total yesterday did not reach the soil under the mulched vegs. With little forecast for future rain, the mulch is better to have than not. At least when I DO water the plants, what they get won't evaporate away. There's always pros and cons when it comes to mulch. But in my book - there's always more pros. )
(added even later: -- There's a chance for more rain tonight. So I got busy... (CLICK HERE))