But finally, at 6 a.m. yesterday, I awoke to the sound of rain. I even woke the hubster so he could hear it, too. It rained most of the day, generally a slow steady, soaking rain, except for a few hard downpours and about a minute's worth of pea-sized hail. It was a great Easter gift.
The garden loved it, of course. I have been fretting over my plants lately, because even though they seem to be growing well, it appears the root systems are very shallow. I dug around both a carrot top and a radish top with my finger, and found no carrot or radish growing--just a skinny root system. I water daily, but I've been having a difficult time really soaking all that peat moss. I'll water until there's standing water on top, wait for that to sink in, and then repeat. Yet, if I stick my finger into the Mel's mix after watering, only the top half-inch or so is even wet. The hubster and I picked up a soaker hose Saturday night, intending to install it on Sunday, but the rain did the soaking instead. I stuck my finger in the Mel's mix after the rain had stopped, and much more of it was damp. Hopefully we'll get the soaker hose in place very soon, and capitalize on what the rain started.
|My poor, pummeled jalapeno seedling.|
So, we're discussing adding gutter to that side of the house, which would be costly as well as a logistical challenge, because there's not much room for a ladder to rest. Not to mention, it might be difficult to find a gutter company willing to come out for such a small job. I haven't mentioned it to the hubster yet, but I'm thinking that if the jalapeno plant revives, I'll move it to another location, and just leave those two square feet empty. They can be a sort of catch basin for the rest of the bed. As the plants grow, the roots will (hopefully) draw that water in.
Here's a quick garden shot:
|On the right, you see tomatoes, peas, green beans, squash, more tomatoes and a poblano plant. On the left you can just see some chard, followed by strawberries, and sunflowers behind the strawberries.|