The garden is barely surviving. We have really good water right out of the tap, but it has chlorine added which I'm guessing plants don't like.
We have an under the counter filter that makes the water we drink better than most bottled water, but that's not helping the plants.
Jilda's mom Ruby, who was a gardener extraordinaire, always said that "all city water can do is keep a garden alive. It will not thrive."
I've found her words to be true. We do have a well down at the barn that has never gone dry no matter how hot the summer. We don't have a pump in the well, but we have an old fashion well bucket (bail) that you can lower down to the water with a rope and pull up water that's clean, tastes great, and is as cold as a Popsicle.
I've considered putting a pump in the well and using that water hydrate our garden. I have a feeling that it would be as good as for the plants as a spring rain.
I'm not sure when the thermometer will recede. Some years it takes a hurricane in the gulf to move the high pressure off to the east and bring some relief to this part of the country.
I don't wish a hurricane on our folks who are already battered by the oil spill, but I sure would like for the days to cool off a bit.