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May 29th, 2015

We finally had a little rain shower move through yesterday evening. The garden has been super dry, I mean super dry. Luckily, my soil retains water really well since I don’t dig or till and I mulch everything.
Rain on the radar
I was worried the rain would miss us completely, but finally a cool rain started to fall. It was the perfect rain, not too hard, not too soft.
How’s the rain situation in your garden this spring?

9 Comments to “Finally”
  1. Misti on May 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Super saturated is my situation. I’m sure you’ve seen the flooding issues we’ve had here in Texas. Most areas are in need of a few weeks of dry out before we get more rain. I lost my apricot and three redbud trees this spring due to an overabundance of rain. Who knows what else has quietly disappeared in the garden.

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  2. Liz on May 29, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Well, we’ve had more rain than sunny days so it I has been challenging to get out in the garden and get things planted. Glad to hear that someone who really needed rain got some though!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on May 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Susy, the weather here in Nebraska is wet as well. We are not nearly at the level of Texas and Oklahoma, but gardening time has been hampered by wet soggy soil. Terra Nova Gardens has soil that gets sticky when the least bit wet. It’s been a challenge to get things planted this year but much has been planted and hopefully it will dry out enough to plant the rest of the seeds. Weeds of course has been in abundance and have gotten out of control once again. I’m slowly regaining control but it has been a frustrating time watching the rain knowing that the weeds are drinking it up and growing like …. well …. weeds. Every year for the past few years weather seems to get more extreme for the country than it was the year before. This will be a year of weed control for me.

    The sweet corn was planted yesterday in questionable muddy soil. Then it rained all afternoon. I’m hoping the soil is warm enough to germinate the seeds quickly before they rot in the ground. Tomatoes are in the ground but look a bit drowned and have a tinge of yellow on the leaves. Green peppers and potatoes look awesome. The potatoes and some of the tomatoes are beginning to bloom. Clusters of cherry tomatoes are on the verge ripening. Green beans haven’t broke ground yet but I’m hoping that will happen soon. Yea, my giant pumpkin seeds are sprouting this year so maybe I’ll get a big pumpkin or two.

    Have a great needed rain day.

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  4. Kyle on May 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

    It’s been dry. So dry that when I was planting in my fruit tree guild yesterday, the top four inches of soil and mulch were dry, which I didn’t expect. I am used to watering in July and August, but not MAY!

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  5. sarah on May 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I’m used to dry and had ordered 2 more cisterns for this year. Of course we’ve had nothing but rain here in Austin and I haven’t watered anything all spring. I can’t complain since I haven’t suffered any real damage like others but I could use a dry day or two. The mosquitoes are completely out of control and I haven’t been able to start seeds because the rain is so hard it kills the seedlings.

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  6. Jaye Whitney on May 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I had to wade in and pull out what remained of my garden about three weeks ago. Sadly, everything is a loss here in N. Texas, but in comparison to others, I have it good with no loss of family, friends and animal family or property.

    Now I just have to figure out what to do with myself with no garden for the summer :)

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  7. Joy Giles on May 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    So glad that rain has come your way. Wish we could send some of extra from the Austin, Texas area. The yard is so saturated that it comes over the feet when walking in the grass. I believe a water pipeline is much more popular that an oil pipeline. A sad fact is that I’ve had to let 200 gallons out of our rain barrel. The overflow was flooding our backyard and created a mosquito breeding ground.

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  8. Annie on May 31, 2015 at 11:51 am

    ha! I’m in Texas so the rain situation is intense. Surprisingly my summer squashes are sound well (the usually don’t) and the cucumbers and limas seem to be chugging along. All else is drowning!

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  9. Colleen on May 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Very dry. The PNW is known for its rain, not so much this year. We have been watering already. There is rain in the forecast for next week… we will hope.

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