Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Going Under?

Seems it wasn't too long ago that I was worried about my potentially great strawberry crop not developing well because of lack of moisture. Currently we're experiencing another week of almost constant rains (we had more than our share last week) and the weather report just listed us as being under a flash flood warning.

My strawberry plants have never looked more lush. (Lusher?) The plants are the size of small bushes with heavy foliage and many green berries. Now, of course, I'm worried about mold creeping into the patch if we don't get some sunshine to dry things out.

The rest of the garden is suffering, too. My potatoes really need to be hilled up but I won't be able to do that until the patch dries out quite a bit. Thursday of this week looks to be the only day with the hope of some sunshine (and not more rain) for the near future.

None of my squash or pumpkin seeds have sprouted. (Duh, could be because they don't like wet, cold soil.) Granted, it has certainly been wet but it hasn't really been what I would call cold. (At least not by northern Minnesota standards.) Low 70s during the day and low 60s at night. When (and if) we get a day of sunshine, I'm sure they will either pop right up . . . or I'll know they did rot and I'll have to stick some more in to replace the seeds that didn't make it.

I had hoped to have some pictures of the garden to show you, but I'm afraid I'd drown if I ventured out there right now. It's a little after 6 p.m. as I write and it looks as dark out there as it does at dusk.

Even though sloshing around outside to do chores or anything else results in becoming more than a little damp, I'm not really concerned about any flash flooding in our area at this time, but I know I won't be able to get into the garden to do any work until things dry out . . . considerably. Seems we gardeners are never satisfied with the weather. Geesh.

Oh my, more big thunder-boomers rolling through and another torrent of rain is pelting down again right now. Hope we don't "go under" before the sun comes out on Thursday. And I sure hope the sun DOES come out on Thursday!

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

I think I should send you those plans I have for the Ark :) Sorry to here you are getting soaked again. Sure has been a wonky summer for you guys. Here's praying for sun!

Carolyn Renee said...

Oh, how I dream of rain. Try to keep dry. Or at least don't float away.

Tombstone Livestock said...

I'll trade my 109 Sunday, 106 yesterday for your rain .................. I need to find my farm bureau newspaper about strawberries need nitrogen when they are ripening before I pass paper on to my neighbor with a vineyard.

fullfreezer said...

I keep watching the rain move to the Northwest of us up toward you. We're hoping for rain, maybe tomorrow (I'll cross my fingers for dry for you, if you cross yours for rain for us!). I'm having trouble with things coming up as well, but it's because they are planted in dust! I finally spied a little melon seedling this afternoon but I've been watering my vining crops and my beans to get them to sprout.
Judy

Sparkless said...

We're having the coldest wettest June for 30 years. The sun has been peeking out but only for a bit and then we get torrents of rain. I'm not complaining about the cool weather but it is nice to have a few sunny days between the rainy ones.

tami said...

You're right MP, we're never happy. Seems the rain has left us and we're starting to heat up too. I turned the sprinkler on yesterday but what we really need is a once a week deep soaking rain. Not in trouble yet but as you point out it doesn't take much.

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Send plans for ark. Rain kept us up all night. Afraid to go look at rain gauge this morning.

Love (Blub-blub-blub),
Mama Pea

Mama Pea said...

CR - Why, oh why, can't we just even out all this wonky weather? We'd be happy then, right?

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Oh, yeah, your temps would turn me into a wet noodle. And I'd complain about that, too! Let's all keep our fingers crossed regarding our fruit this year!

Mama Pea said...

Judy - Good deal! I'll send our rain to you now 'cause we've had ENOUGH! Dry, sunny weather up here will be much appreciated!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - I always fantasize about having 3 sunny days followed by a day of steady rain all summer. Wouldn't that be a good proportion?

Mama Pea said...

tami - I hope you do get a good soaking rain soon. Your garden is looking beautiful so I'd hate for it to wither. Fingers crossed for ya!

Susan said...

Wow - so THAT'S where the rain is! 'Cause it ain't here. We are starting two days of severely hot, humid weather with nary a raindrop in sight. These extremes sure make gardening 'interesting'. Good thing you have lots to keep you busy indoors, right? Right?

Mama Pea said...

Susan - What's worse? Scorching hot days and too little moisture (that will fry your garden quick!) or having the whole garden under water for a period of time? I guess we don't get to choose, but just do the best we can. I must be getting wiser (or maybe just giving up?) because I decided if I lost everything out there to the water it wouldn't be the end of the world. What can we do? Might as well have a good attitude.

Erin said...

I'm behind on blog reading, and I'm afraid to read your next posts since my mom called and told me the big city got hit HARD with rain!