Rain again…and again

Three glorious days of sunshine, so I frantically planted veggies in the potager for long hours on the first two.  Almost all of the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, climbing melons and beans, many lettuces, edible flowers, more cippolini and Italian red scallions are in the beds.  Several flats of marigolds, Profusion zinnias, and Montego snapdragons went into the Front Garden and Front Island.  By the third day, my back was aching and unfortunately (or fortunately?) gardening was interrupted by a full day in the city (no, not our little town, or the big town, but the real city, Indianapolis!)  I got home in time to water the greenhouse and flats, and to get one more flat of portulaca into the Deck Garden before dark.

This morning, more Double Profusion zinnias, portulaca, and some perennial orange dianthus made it into the border before the RAINS began again, but I’m falling behind.  There are so many plants to go into the ground….some are on the north greenhouse shelves Pots in gh compressed  There’s 640 there, in case you’re counting.  And on the left bench there’s lots more than this photo shows,Pots gh west bench compressed  you can’t even see them all, but there’s 340.  And underneath it are a few more on the red wagon and on the ground Pots on wagon compressed in front of it.  I’m not counting those, because most of them haven’t even been transplanted into their own pots yet.  And more on the floor  Pots on gh floor compressed  some of which have been transplanted, and some have not.  (See, I’m really behind.)  And, I didn’t even take a photo of all those on the potting bench on the right.  But, let’s take a glance outside.  Here’s the bench that sits on the east side of the greenhouse, holding 540 plants

Pots east bench compressed  The little table has 96, and there’s another 244 on the ground.  And then there’s the double benches in front of the greenhouse  Pots on bench compressed holding 956. And because I’m out of bench space, I’ve put flats on the raised beds in spots where bush melons, winter squash, etc. will go in later:  Pots on beds compressed  There’s 544 minus 8 in that batch.  Oh, if you look carefully in the top left, you’ll see a couple of overturned mesh flats.  They are shading some newly transplanted beet thinnings.  Yes, I’m so frugal (tender-hearted?) that I hate to discard thinnings, so I transplant nearly all of them.  Unfortunately, I didn’t calculate those in my planting plans, so I’m going to run out of space before I run out of plants.  Hmmm.  And, while we’re looking, notice those happy shallots in the center of the front bed?  Nearly all of them have divided into 8 new shallots!  And, you can also see (ugh!) bare landscape cloth on the path because (a) we’ve had so much RAIN that is has washed a lot of the mulch down the paths and out the back gate! (b) we’ve had so much RAIN that I can’t get a load of mulch anywhere near the potager.  There are more plants tucked next to the triangle beds…(which are now planted 🙂Pots on soil compressed  and a few flats under the double benching, on the bench under the shed overhang, and on the green table.  And, the back of my golf cart is filled with the next plants to go into the ground..when it stops RAINING!  Meantime, I’m headed to my chiropractor, so I’ll be ready and able, just in case it does stop RAINING!!!!

 

 

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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14 Responses to Rain again…and again

  1. Wow, pretty amazing!

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  2. March Picker says:

    Amazing abundance! You have been so busy, with lots more to accomplish, and I’m sure the rain is nature’s way of forcing a break in between.

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  3. Wow, that is a crazy amount of seedlings to plant! I thought you scaled back once you “retired” from your herbal business 🙂 Good luck and I hope you see some dry says soon. We have a rainy 3-day weekend in the forecast as well. Sigh.

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  4. bcparkison says:

    Are you running a nursery? Girl, you are one busy plant lady.

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  5. Ann'Re says:

    Goodness that’s a lot of plants! It’s rainy here in where we are too…trying to get as much done in between rain drops. lol

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Holy guacamole, that’s a lot of planting! Hope your back recovers before the planting resumes.

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  7. danzak44 says:

    Wow! I’m jealous of all your wonderful plants! Not jealous of all the rain. I drive through Indianapolis yesterday and got thunderstorms just east of the city. It’s drizzling here east of Columbus. Maybe the rain will stop soon so you can plant! Can’t wait to see your gardens when done!

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  8. My back started aching just reading this! I don’t put out nearly that many plants, but I swear that 10-minutes or less of yoga stretching sequences before I work have really cut back my aches. This is the first year I’ve done this and have had minimal pain, I can hardly wait to see your gardens when they’re done!

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  9. Here on the west coast, the rain has finally stopped. It seems summer has arrived; suddenly everything is drying out too much!! How can that be after all the rain we had up until last week? I too feel overwhelmed by what I thought were a lot of seedlings screaming to be planted out. But after reading this post and seeing what you are up to, I realize I don’t know the meaning of the word “overwhelmed”! Now I am going to get to work, while I pray for rain once again!

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    • carolee says:

      I hope you get the rain you need. We are having a three day stretch (the experts forecast) without rain, which will be a blessing for the farmers. I’m finding that those plants I’ve put in the ground have not really begun to root downward, because with rain daily there is no need for roots to go searching for moisture. When it does turn dry for more than two days, everything wilts and looks pathetic. So, I’m dragging hoses on the second day without rain! Weird!

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  10. lenalimhamn says:

    Ooohhh…big vegan family eating or big business?

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    • carolee says:

      Definitely not a business….I sold my herb farm two years ago, and am loving just gardening for joy. There’s only two of us, but we do like to entertain. I do lots of canning and freezing, drying herbs for teas and cooking, etc. I did give some plants away to family and neighbors, and donated a few to our garden club plant sale, but of the 4300 I’ve transplanted, I’ve probably planted almost 4,000.

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