Well, I guess everyone from the Raleigh metro area heard it on the news yesterday - and for those of you that didn't: as of next Friday we can no longer use drinking water outside of our homes to wash things or water plants. No outdoor watering unless it comes from a private well or rainbarrel or some similar source. It is gonna be a tough spring for me.
I feel like I'm living a scene out of "Sophie's Choice" as I toss most of my vast plant collection (my babies) into the compost pile. I'm trimming down to the bare nub. Most are replaceable and most are over represented so things will eventually come back to normal,,, but it may take a year or so for the ground water to build back up.
Before the mass execution I worked on the compost pile (it is already massive) and was startled to see that deep in the compost the soil was bone dry!!!! This is the same problem with the yard. I can tinkle on the surface and keep things just barely alive but if I dig down a few inches the soil is dry dry dry. Without any soil moisture, surface watering is just going to keep things green but not expanding and it is gonna be a whole lotta work on my part to haul water up from the creek.