It’s raining, it’s pouring

It’s been raining buckets, and the forecast is for thunderstorms for the next 10 days, followed by JUST showers!  Sigh!  My heart is going out to all the farmers and those who depend on agriculture for income, because there has still not been a single day when planting could be done.  The vendors at farmers’ markets are worrying as well.  And, it’s been colder than usual.  It could be June before any crops are in the ground!  Most fields are filled with knee high weeds in full flower, except of course where there are ponds of standing water.  Ducks are swimming in what should be rows of 4-6″ corn plants.  And still the thunder rolls…..

We did have one lovely day, last Saturday, which was fortunate because it was our local garden club’s annual plant sale.  Here’s a photo of the plants I took…not as many as I’d planned, but the weather just didn’t cooperate early on for digging and dividing so it was mainly surplus from the greenhouse.Sale plants small  There’s 366 plants there, and most of them sold, thank goodness.  A steady flow of customers thrilled to be out of doors AND DRY for a change carried away boxes and boxes of wonderful plants contributed by our members, and it was great to see lots of my former customers again.  I would have loved to spend the rest of the day in the potager getting some plants into the raised beds, but instead we had to attend a memorial service for a dear friend, an altogether too frequent event when one reaches our age.

I’m still learning the quirks of this new computer, and certainly don’t like the photo editing system as well as the old one.  I’m contemplating using the old computer to edit and size/compress and then putting them on a flash drive to add to the new computer.  At least it gives me something to work on while I wait for dry weather.  The lettuces, radishes, and spinach are certainly happy with the cool, wet days and nights, but there are hundreds of plants still in pots longing for freedom.  The Indy 500 is only 5 days away now, but there has been little practice time between storms, and the forecast is not good.  I guess it’s not just the farmers and gardeners who struggle when there’s endless rain…..

 

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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 It’s raining, it’s pouring

  1. Mala Burt says:

    We have finally dried out enough to get into the garden. Temps are seesawing between cool and too hot. It’s been a difficult spring but not as bad as where you are. Farmers have sowed corn and it is up a couple of inches.

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  2. I’m so sorry about your rain. I do hope it’s not all coming this way.

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  3. JOY journal says:

    We’ve been having the big temperature swings, too. Our flower seedlings are having a tough time of it, but I figure things will look great by July. At least I hope so. 🙂

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  4. Isn’t it frustrating when the weather gets stuck? You are having rain and here in West Wales UK it is unseasonably hot and dry. I still have enough water in the rain butts but I wish we could have a couple of days of steady rain to soak everything and replenish my stores. Maybe us gardeners are just never satisfied!

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    • carolee says:

      I SO wish I could puff some of the clouds your way. It’s pouring BUCKETS again today….May has been 26% of normal sunshine and record wet here…..

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  5. We have friends in South Dakota who cannot plant their Spring wheat because of so much rain and now it isn’t looking good for planting corn. This would be a huge blow to most farmers. It is to them but they have paid off their debt on the farm so they won’t lose it, they just won’t have much income if they can’t plant the corn.

    We had the stain on our deck stripped last Fall and they were suppose to re-stain it. So far there have not been enough dry days! It is definitely too much of a good thing. I see there is a possibility of storms on race day. 😦

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    • carolee says:

      Pouring buckets again this morning. No planting for days to come. I don’t think I recall a wet period that’s lasted so long. Not much pollination happening either.

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  6. bcparkison says:

    Oh down here too. Rivers way out and farmland somewhere under all of the water. Our fooe supply is in danger for us and for animals.

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    • carolee says:

      I agree…all the vendors at farmers’ markets are worried about being so far behind, golf courses are losing money big-time…anything outdoors is rained out, but the weeds continue to thrive!

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  7. Jo Shafer says:

    Except for your one glorious Saturday, this is sad. Out here, in Eastern Washington state, I’ve been enjoying our gentle rains except, instead of washing everything clean, the rains bring yellowy and brown dust! I am constantly cleaning off the courtyard. At least I don’t have to water the gardens, only the pots and urns. Shouldn’t complain when the Mid-West is suffering so.

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    • carolee says:

      I certainly haven’t had to water outdoors! I’m wondering if livestock farmers will sell off their stock when they don’t have any harvest coming in timely fashion to feed them. Grain prices will surely rise since so little planting has taken place, and they won’t be able to afford to feed them if they have to buy grain.

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  8. Extremely sorry for you and everyone else who depends on sunny weather for their livelihood. Unfortunately, weird is the new normal, and it will be a struggle to adapt to this. At least your cool-weather crops are doing well. And bravo that so many plants sold.

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    • carolee says:

      Yes, the cole crops are looking lovely, and all this rain keeps the cabbage moths from being able to fly about! Can you tell I’m searching hard for silver linings to all these clouds?

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  9. Impressive plant sale contribution! We’ve had a few days of really nice weather, but we have four days of rain coming this week.

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