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Racing the Rain

July 28th, 2014

I always wait until there’s a rainy day in the forecast to plant anything that needs to get planted. The result is usually that I’m racing the rain to get things planted so I don’t have to water them in. Yesterday rain was supposed to come around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.  That gave me the entire morning to plant all the perennials and flowering shrubs that have been sitting in their holding area for a month or so.
I ended up finishing up planting leeks just as the rain started. It was a very successful day, I managed to plant: 4 flowering bushes, 2 peonies, 2 roses, 15 perennials, 100 leeks, 15 celeriac plants, and 40 onions. There are still a few things left in pots that I didn’t manage to get to, but we will have more rainy days next weekend.

Are you ever racing the rain to get garden chores finished up?

3 Comments to “Racing the Rain”
  1. Sara on July 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I’ve had a few days like that this summer…where it never ended up raining! So we just kept squeezing in more things, you know, before it rained, and realized we just worked all day, ha. I also make the habit of planning weeding for after it rains, which works great unless you put it off too long :)

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Susy, after the 10 extra inches of rain over normal for the month of June, it has shut off. Now with July coming quickly to a close we are down 1.5 inches from the normal 3 inches of ran for July. During the monsoon in June the race was always on to get the lawns mowed before it started raining again. Many times grass had to be mowed wet which is not my favorite thing because it sticks to every thing when it’s wet. Every thing in the garden had to be planted in the mud and because of the cold temperatures just sat there and didn’t grow for most of the month.

    Well, now with the moisture down the grass has kind of quit growing. The temperatures are back into the lower 80s during the day and upper 50s at night. Those are great temperatures for living but not so good for tomatoes ripening and sweet corn growing. We are to get those temperatures all week. It’s almost like fall weather is here already. Who knows what weather August will bring.

    Have a great racing the rain day.

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  3. Sarah on July 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Our weather predictions aren’t that reliable here in central Texas. I usually sow seeds if it’s been raining and I know the ground will stay wet, but I can’t wait for rain or I’d never plant. Most of the time it seems to come when we least expect it and aren’t home.

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