Rainy days and Mondays always get me down….or so the song goes. But it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Warm rainy days are wonderful times to be out in the garden. You might like it better under a canopy or in a greenhouse, or if you are one of those brave souls, out in the garden getting showered on as well. I live in the hope that some of those rain drops will melt some of me away or at least some of my wrinkles.
Personally, I’m at the age now, when I can hardly wait for a warm rainy day, just to go out and play again. Why was it that we hated those days so much? Could it be that we just forgot how wonderful the warm rain falling on our faces was? Or maybe it was because we just didn’t have such pretty rain boots and slickers then? Or maybe we just didn’t appreciate that liquid gold coming out of the sky!
I love going out in the garden when the rain is falling because, the weeds which have their roots firmly planted, seem to pull up and out so much easier! Now let’s be clear, we are talking about a nice warm summer’s day here. So the rain that is falling is nice and warm too. Most of the time, you will find me in the garden, rain or shine just enjoying myself and the weather; whatever, weather we happen to be having. It’s not only weeds that are easily removed, but it’s a great time to transplant those things that are growing where you don’t want them and moving them to where you do want them.
Warm summer rains help to make our gardens grow quickly. There is something about that shower in temperatures that are above 70 degrees F, that seems to make everything grow right before your very eyes. And as stated earlier, whatever should be removed from the garden seems to pull up and out of the soil with much less toil and trouble. Stomping around in the garden should be kept to a minimum, as you don’t want to be packing down the soil around your plants either. But, if you have well marked paths, and stay on them there is no problem in reaching into the rows of beans or carrots, or peppers and yanking out the weeds that will find a way to grow there. During a good rain storm, you can also put down some fertilizer (natural of course) and let the rain do the job of watering it in. Your plants will be as happy as you are, and work can seem more like playing.
Just make sure that you are wearing your garden boots or clogs and you have your handy weeding tools with you. Then don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying your time in the garden.