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Working in the Rain

May 23rd, 2010

When I visited my mom & dad on Friday, I dug up a bunch of plants from their garden. I got some miracle lilies (or naked ladies), mallow, tiger lilies, fennel and a few others. I wanted to get them planted, so I spent part of the day yesterday doing that. The weather didn’t want to cooperate, it seems like every time I’d head out to work I’d start hearing some rumblings of thunder. Pretty soon it would start raining and I’d head inside. About a half hour later the rain was gone and it was sunny again, so out I’d go again. Then more thunder and rain.

I had so many chores to get done I didn’t mind working between all the storms. This past week we liberated more lawn out front and I’ve been wanting to get some cover crop planted on it. I figured yesterday would be the perfect day since it would get nicely watered in after planting. Of course it started and stopped raining several times while I leveled the soil, sprinkled the seeds, and covered them with soil. Since I was determined to get it done I stayed out working in the rain. Since it’s warm, I don’t mind working in the rain, as long as it’s not raining too hard.

Mr Chiots snapped a few photos of my trying to finish up, it kept raining harder and harder. Of course right after he took these photos it started POURING!

I came inside, dried off and waited for the worst to be over. A good cup of coffee courtesy of Mr Chiots made the wait nice. Out I went after the rain and I finally finished up all my garden chores around 6 yesterday evening. I actually enjoy working in the rain, although digging in the soil isn’t something you want to do when it’s that wet. Pulling weeds however is a wonderful rainy day garden chores.

Do you garden in the rain?

9 Comments to “Working in the Rain”
  1. Renee on May 23, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I don’t mind being outside if it’s warm and raining gently – and you’re right, that’s the best time to pull weeds!

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  2. Lynn on May 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    All the time. I love it. But I won’t garden in the wind. It gives me an instant headache and boy has there been fierce winds here in Nor. Cal. the past week and a half.

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  3. MAYBELLINE on May 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’m a little sugar cube and would dissolve in the rare event of rain.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Saturday in the Garden =-.

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  4. Sylvie in Rappahannock on May 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    You bet. Especially this year: April was so dry, and May has had quite a bit of rain. If I did not garden in the rain, I’d be really really really late. Best time to transplant, and great for weeding (as long as there is no thunder and lighting – I am not out then)

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  5. sarah on May 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    A little rain won’t hurt anyone and it’s certainly good for the garden. We have had a lot of rain this Spring.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..The Butterfly Bush ~ Buddleia =-.

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  6. Sense of Home on May 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I did the week I was on vacation. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..Sunday Stills =-.

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  7. Leigh on May 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, but I always worry about compacting the soil and spreading diseases or whatever it is the gardening books warn about. :)

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  8. Conny on May 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I’d still garden in the rain if I still lived in Minnesota ~ at least its a warm rain. Rain in the SF Bay Area is always cold, bone chilling, hands turning purple, cold.

    You look like you’re having a good time gardening in the rain.
    .-= Conny´s last blog ..Corner View – end of my street =-.

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  9. income opp on October 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Great blog!! love all the information you give.

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