And Then the Rains Came

The rain started Saturday morning. It was slow at first, amounting to light Spring showers. Only the showers never let up. They went on and on and on for several hours, the sprinkles. And then, in the afternoon, the sprinkles changed to a steady rain. And as the day went on, the rain got heavier and then lighter and then heavier again. Heavy to points that it sounded like hail. Light to points that we thought it had ended. Aside from a few hours here and there, it has rarely subsided over two days. All we can say is thank goodness this isn’t snow, otherwise we we wouldn’t be going anywhere for awhile. Instead, we’ve got a very, very, very wet backyard with giant puddles. It looks a wreck, but we’re certainly getting a precursor to the whole “April showers bring May flowers” thing, even if we still have a few days to go in that regard. Also, and most importantly, at least this isn’t snow.

Swimming, anyone?

The puddles extend all the way around the perimeter of the yard, into the long side bed and the raised beds close to the house. Everything there is absolutely soaked. And even if there isn’t an obvious puddle, the ground is still ridiculously wet. (Our sump pump has been working overtime, and thankfully so!) Needless to say, no outdoor garden prep took place this weekend, which will put us a little behind in scheduling transplants that are supposed to happen mid-April. As long as we have a dry-ish week ahead (looks a bit iffy at this point), hopefully we’ll at least get to turning the beds this coming weekend so we know if we need to obtain extra soil and how much.

In the meantime, the seedlings are doing quite well, though they don’t look all that much different from last week. We did manage to replant the greens from Tray #1 into small cups. As they were practically falling all over one another in the tray, this gives them a little more room to spread out.

Lettuce, mesclun, arugula, oh my!
Lettuce, mesclun, arugula, oh my!

Eventually, a number of these will go into the planters on the porch, along with the basil and other herbs. The rest will go into the ground. With the danger of frost coming to an end (this week probably, next week to be safe), the tomatoes are due to go out into the cold frame soon, we just have to dig up and transplant a number of day lilies that live along the side of the garage. In the meantime, as the rain continues to fall, we’ll have sweet dreams of the surely beautiful garden that’s yet to come!


2 thoughts on “And Then the Rains Came

  1. fmajewicz 04/02/2014 / 5:13 pm

    Just got back from a week in Florida. We had beautiful weather, in the mid 70s. It was nice to come back home to no snow, though for us it is still too early to do anything with the garden. You are way, way ahead of us. Hope you can get your plants in the ground soon. Good luck.

    • Garden State-ments 04/06/2014 / 11:07 am

      Thanks! We’ll be transplanting at least the greens later this month (hopefully). The tomatoes and peppers will wait till next month. This is great because the weather has really taken a toll on the backyard. We moved some lilies yesterday, and the soil was pretty much mud. It wasn’t very pleasant. More rain is on the way, so it’ll be a couple more weeks, probably, before we can spend any extended time outside working.

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