Friday, June 19, 2009

A Good Drenching

Even though I've been grumping and groaning about our frequent rain showers, we haven't had any precipitation that was enough to give the ground a good soaking for quite a while. That was until last night.

At dusk, we opened up the covers of the cold frames protecting the cucs, tomatoes and peppers in the garden. It wasn't particularly warm (only in the 50s) but I wanted those crops to benefit from the predicted rain which always seems so much more beneficial than water from a hose.

Before bed we had some thunder, lightning and drizzle on and off. Then as we were falling asleep, steady rolling thunder, the kind that feels low, heavy and makes the house vibrate, moved into the area and shortly thereafter, it started to pour. Really pour.

Tossing and turning in bed and listening most of the night to the winds and rain pummeling everything, I was afraid this morning we would find the wind had grabbed hold of the upright covers on the cold frames, ripped them off their hinges and tossed them into the next county.

I was thrilled (and more than a little surprised) that all stayed in place as you can see by this picture taken from Roy's upstairs office window early this morning. Yeah, I know, it sure doesn't look like much is growing yet in the garden (plants are still too small to show up) but doesn't the lovely, soaking rain make everything look satiated and content?

Now it really is too wet for me to go out and work in the garden today. Somehow I think I'll find something(s) to occupy my time.

Sure, 'nuf . . . almost as soon as I had written the above paragraph, Roy stuck his head in the back door and asked if I'd come help stack some wood he'd just finished cutting. We're a long way from two full wood sheds of cut and split wood, but little by little, we're getting the job done.


RuthieJ said...

Oh Mama Pea, your gardens looks so lovely and orderly.

Mama Pea said...

Ruthie - Thank you, ma'am. We got that good soaking and then the hot weather . . . well, I won't be posting a picture that looks lovely and orderly this morning! The grass has grown about 6", weeds have popped up thick and luxurious all over the garden, the potato plants are so tall they're almost falling over and need hilling up desperately. Got more rain last night so it's a little too gummy to be out there this morn. The humidity is about 110% right now and it looks like it could start pouring at any time. What a difference a couple of days makes!

Jordan said...

Those are some nice looking raised beds! Are the tops of your cold frames removable?

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Jordan - Thanks! Yes, the tops are removable . . . and we take them off when the weather gets warm enough. We leave the bottom part of the cold frame on the beds though because it gives wind protection (we get a lot of wind) to the peppers, tomatoes, etc.