We tossed yards of mushroom compost in the raised beds and then topped it all off with a couple of bags of composted Moo-Nure.
Then planted the seeds.
And added the water and Kaa-Blam.
Monster Zucchini plants and Yellow Summer and Winter Squashes.
Even the Zinnia bed is looking better than I've ever seen it.
In comparison, everything that's "in-ground" is stunted.
No doubt due to the fact that the roots are trying to grow through dry soil.
So I'm amazed at the results I'm getting with the raised beds since I'm standing there watering with only the hose. I know there's no way that I'm providing any deep soaking to the roots so I'm slightly mystified as to why the raised beds look as good as they do.
So I googled Mushroom compost and water retention. Holy Moley..Lookie Here!
Mushroom Compost stores up to 70% of its own weight in water
Improves transmission of water through the soil
Keeps the soil cooler in warmer weather and increases soil resistance to both wind and water erosion
So that explains it.
I hit the jackpot on this one, didn't I?
Of course June could turn into a wet soggy mess. It was a washout last year I recall. Something like 10 inches of rain if I recall correctly.
I'll be curious how it goes with really wet weather. But for now, I'll take it.
Maybe I should spread mushroom compost on the lawn.
The lack of rain is killing any grass we might have and the weeds have taken over.
At least I don't have to mow @;)