I woke up this morning and there was this strange bright orb sending laser beams onto my face making it hard to see back out the window. It took a moment or two to remember what it was. Oh yeah – the sun. We haven’t seen much of that about here lately.
It has rained every day for 22 days, oh except that tease on the 21st of July when it was just gloomy and windy instead. The forecast going forward doesn’t look that great. The boffins have a lot of explaining to do!
I am hanging out for nicer weather. I have tried so hard to put a positive spin on it – “well this will give us a good solid base to the soil so it won’t dry out so quickly in the summer” “the reservoirs will be getting nice and full so the risk of drought is reduced” and “that thunder and lightning isn’t so scary – it’s converting nitrogen from the atmosphere into a kind my garden can use. Yay!?” I even celebrated the strong winds as it was helping dry the ground out… Until the next down pour!
The thing is, nature just doesn’t understand what I have going on. Doesn’t it know who I am… I’m a gardener on a mission and I need to get things done! Before all the is rain I was on track to be more spring ready than ever before – now as I wait for the rain to stop and things to dry out, it is looking like I’ll be running behind – again!
My onions seem to have become container grown crops as it is too wet to plant them out in the garden so I have moved them into pots languishing on my deck until the time is right to make the move. If it ever happens. I have cover crops to dig in but digging in sodden soil ruins the soil structure.
Don’t get me started on my strawberries – this was to be my grand winter project. The in ground bed was always roughly divided into three so there is always 1, 2 and 3 year old plants in a continuous cycle. But this time I have decided to raise them up and have already built the beds and they are standing by waiting. The strawberries themselves are marooned in the garden with advantageous weeds encroaching daily. But there is nothing to be done until things dry up. I can’t fill the new beds with wet soil. I’m starting to get a little anxious – the strawberry window is closing in.
Now is also a good time to spray for peach leaf curl, but you guessed it – you can’t spray in the rain! Even sowing radishes would be a waste of time. They’d either rot and float away. Besides I haven’t had a chance to sort out their new bed, so it would be like moving into a new home to find the previous tenants not only didn’t clean before they left, they had lived like slobs and had taken all the good stuff with them when they went… and left the tap in the bathroom running. No one wants to live like that and my radishes deserve better!
Gosh that moan felt good! Am so sorry for having such a bleat, but there is only so much smiling and pretending it is ok that a soggy gardener can take. We get a few of those teasing moments when the sun comes out, lures you outdoors only for it to nip behind a cloud and pour water on you. So I’ll put on my brave face and grab a brolly and take some photos to show you what I mean.
Come again soon – It can’t possibly rain forever….
Sarah the Gardener : o)