We haven't had any appreciable amount of rain this month. My seedlings are
this -> | <- high and staying there. The ground is so hard I have to use a
pickaxe to transplant stuff. I'm watching the forecasts but the promised
weekend rain looks to be getting less and less likely. Someone do a rain
dance or tell me how to do one. I'm thinking that our Black Spring is
going to be followed by a Toasty Brown Summer.
Where are you? I'm in central Indiana and this has been the quietest
spring in the five years I've been here. (Translation: we've only heard
the tornado sirens once.) I wish this house still had its well set-up
because I'm sure not watering anything at the prices of water in this
town. Send the rain to me. Do your Send The Rain Thataway rain dance,
On Tue, 22 May 2007 19:16:42 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
...and we'll be rooting for Michael Andretti or Al Unser Jr. to win.
My husband takes the whole week off every year in case it is rained
out on Sunday and Monday. Nascar is what we don't like, but open
wheel is very exciting. Try going to a race, you may like it. Then
We went through a 24 day stretch end of April to mid May with no rain
(Cheryl, you got it all, I think!), last week through the weekend we
got drowned. I do wish it could be a bit more even. Rain twice a
week, 1/2" or so, starting at midnight and ending around 4 am would be
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
I meant during the Winter and early Spring. I probably don't need to
tell you, that mulch holds in the moisture and encourages the worms to
do your tilling, leaving your soil all soft and fluffy (sort of). I'm
learning this all too slowly but, it even slowed down my previously
raging gastropods (painful they were too). Take care of your mulch and
your mulch will take care of you;-)
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
On Tue, 22 May 2007 19:14:41 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
Actually, your seedlings will do MUCH better if you put a layer of
mulch down. Ruth Stout, an ancient organic gardener used to put a
foot of alfalfa hay in her vegetable garden and make enough room (like
a mulch tunnel) to transplant the seedlings. They reach for the sun,
don't scald at the roots and are infinitely healthier than if you
don't mulch. Just an idea.
Anybody remember how Ruth Stout used to plant tomatoes?
She said -- I think this was in the old Organic Gardening -- that she
put ripe tomatoes on the ground and stepped on them.That was IT.
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