Every gardener and garden lover I’ve encountered over the last week is more than anxious for the rain/mist/fog to end. I’ve heard weather-related comments such as is it ever going to stop raining, time to start building an ark, we’re starting to mold. But Connecticut gardeners really have no cause to whine – we’ve had minimal to no flooding and no tornados or highly damaging winds. Our weather has been far from perfect making it easy to fall into a wet soggy mope. But I prefer to look at our minor weather woes in a positive light. Here’s five ways to embrace our long stretch of wet weather.
1. Less time spent watering. Constant rain cuts out the need for extensive watering. Of course not being able to plant anything in the ground also cuts the need for watering, but we’re pointing out positives here.
2. Rain allows more time for indoor activities like keeping records, reading good gardening books, or planning future plantings. Truthfully, I’ve only accomplished the planning future plantings task but those more inclined toward record keeping certainly have had time to do so.
3. More time for deadheading any spring blooming plants. Lilacs, for one, benefit from deadheading after blooms fade. Deadheading prevents energy expenditure on seed production, thus reserving energy for growth.
4. More time for weeding. Soggy soil may limit the ability to plant in the ground but it makes for easier weeding. Get your gardening fix by weeding and deadheading. If you must step into planting beds to prune a specific plant, place a long board on the soil to stand on. This spreads out your weight and minimizes soil compaction.
5. More time for observation. Locate and watch bird nests for newly hatched babies. Dress in rain gear and go on a wildflower safari – watch but don’t pick. Study up on and watch for plant diseases and insects.
Yes, it’s been wet for what seems like an eternity. We are all anxious to get plants in the ground and to be able to go outside without needing rain gear. But, compared to the tornado and flooding destruction Midwestern and Southern state residents have and continue to face, we live in a no-whining-allowed zone.
How have you coped with this soggy stretch of weather?