My morning ritual for many years during the water restrictions was to bucket water to our small citrus grove of Navel, Washington and Blood Oranges, Honey Murcott Mandarins, Tahitian and Kaffir Limes and Myer Lemons. At ten litres a time and a minimum of 60 litres per tree, it seemed like a never ending and fruitless task. The summers were fierce and unrelenting, multiple days of 38 - 42 degrees and hot north winds that would take your breath away and burn your nostrils. It was disheartening watching vegetables wither and die within hours. Not because they lacked water.They just couldn't take up the water quickly enough to replace the transpiration of water through their leaves. Read More . . .