No weather whining allowed

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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?

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7 comments for “No weather whining allowed

  1. May 25, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Ha! We coped with the wet by going away for a week. With the sunshine now today, the well watered, damp gardens look great. I’ll take too much rain over the drought and heat of last summer. And I certainly will take it over the tragic loss of life and property in the floods and tornadoes.

    • joenesgarden
      May 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Laurrie, I’m not complaining about the rain … I’d rather wet than too dry. I feel for the people who have lost their homes and businesses in the south and midwest.

  2. May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I like how you have found your way out of the funk and discovered benefits to the rainy situation. There is always the other side of things. Having said that, I hope you get a respite soon.

    • joenesgarden
      May 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Our weather seems to have taken a turn towards less rain, Sage Butterfly. Clear skies most of today. The sun’s warmth felt really good.

  3. May 26, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Good point, Joene. This soggy weather has given ME more time to clean my house, do laundry, shop for groceries, etc. And you’re right… weeding in this weather is soooo much easier.

    • joenesgarden
      May 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Now that the weather has cleared, Wendy, I expect things like cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. will fall behind. No problem though, we get to GARDEN!

  4. May 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Joene, A great reminder that gardeners need to take the weather in stride. I didn’t mind the stretch of cool wet weather. I’ve been doing lots of transplanting so it allowed me the luxury of taking my time and still being able to transplant under ‘ideal’ conditions. That said, the sun was a welcome sight the last few days!

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