An exceptionally wet July, wasn't it? Record-breakingly so. June hadn't been much better.
Yesterday, the Sage and I were putting in the last of the leek plants. He dibbled the holes, we poured in water, I had the plants ready. After a few minutes, we gave up. The soil was so dry that the hole would not stay open long enough to wet it. I had to put the sprinkler on for an hour or two before the job could be finished.
It's a wonder anything grows here at all.