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Rain, Rain, Rain

September 29th, 2011

So far this fall has been fairly wet, which we really needed after our dry July and August, however, it makes it really tough to get all the fall gardening chores finished. I have managed to get the new garden area weeded and I’ve been clearing more space, photos on this to come when the rain stops. One great thing about fall and the rain – sunsets.

There’s just something about the sun setting right as the rain moves out. The clouds, the colors, it’s really quite beautiful. This time of year I start to notice the sunset more, just as I do in February. There must be something about the changing seasons, the change in day length and the weather patterns that make them especially spectacular this time of year. Earlier this week, this was the view out my front window right before the sun went fully down.

One of the great benefits of gardening is that you notice the subtle changes in weather more. I notice that the longer I garden, the more I notice those small changes that happen when the seasons change. I really believe, that tending the soil gets you more in tune with the seasons, nature and God.

What are some of the benefits of gardening that you have noticed? What little things do you notice at the the change of the seasons?

13 Comments to “Rain, Rain, Rain”
  1. Gwen on September 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I’ve found it’s a great way to mull over what’s happened during my work day. Somehow, gardening just makes me more at peace with myself, and happier in the moment instead of worrying about the future.

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  2. daisy on September 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

    What a beautiful sky. The more I am wrapped up in gardening and nature, the more still I become. I feel more connected to God and the Universe. I feel true joy in my heart. Not bad for pushing around some dirt, huh? Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Cesar Diaz on September 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

    We have had a similar weather pattern here with rain almost daily for a few weeks. Since we started gardening and keeping animals I definitely notice changes in seasons and weather more than I did before. Now I don’t focus on if rain is going to delay my commute or if a cold snap means I have to wear a jacket. Instead I worry if the chickens will be OK with the weather change or if the plants are getting to much water.

    I prefer worrying about my plants and animals to worrying about unimportant things like traffic or clothing choices.

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  4. goatpod2 on September 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    We’ve been having lots of rain here as well but we don’t live too far from you though. We’ve been planting different veggies this year and have started canning a lot this year as well.


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  5. MAYBELLINE on September 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I notice the angle of the shadows and the different smells as the seasons pass.

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  6. Stacy on September 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this lovely moment! We haven’t got rain yet where I am in Northern California, but in 90+ degrees, I’m looking forward to a change soon!

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  7. Tee on September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Amazing the amount of rain we have had….the east coast is washing away into the record books this year…sheesh…hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes..if al roker can spell it we seem to be getting it!

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  8. kathi cookk on September 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I notice the smell of each season. The sunsets are particularly beautiful this time of year. Thanks for the pictures.

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  9. Joy Giles on September 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Here in Texas we are in the midst of a huge drought — 90+ days of 100+ degree heat. Lakes are 39% full. It is thinking about raining at the moment and every one is holding their breath. I truly missed garden work and the fruiting of the plants this summer. 3 tomatoes is no crop. We do have a great chance of a good fall garden that will last until January.

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  10. KimH on September 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Gardening during seasonal changes always reminds me of the cycle of life… birth, growth, maturity, slowing down, and transformation.

    I was 15 when my beloved grandfather passed… crying, mourning… looking out the bedroom window , out onto a cold, rainy, early spring, wondering why, & now what…
    There was this giant old Oak tree in my line of vision… huge but bare of any leaves or seemingly of life..
    As I stared at it.. I was given a vision of the Cycle of Life… birth… sap rising, the bursting of leaves, maturing, producing seed, leaves changing, getting ready to go to sleep, and sleep, the little death… only to begin anew …

    Life…Its a beautiful thing..

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  11. Sincerely, Emily on September 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I notice the sun moving further to the south this time of year and how it shifts off some plants and onto others. It also starts coming in the house and we are still HOT here, so that doesn’t help. I notice the sun setting sooner and hopefully some cooler temps to come. I look forward to soon spending more time out working in the gardens and yard. Soon I can plant some lettuce and chard seed. We just had some much needed rain (1.5″ in the rain gauge today) things are muddy and slippery but I hope we get more over the next few days. this may be the change in weather we have needed to start cooling down and hopefully start getting some rain again.

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  12. mistresseve on September 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I notice the smell of the air and the quality of the light.

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  13. Sierra on October 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    The first picture is beautiful!

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