It’s been a pretty damp spring and early summer. Good news for our well and the aquifer. Good news for the garden, overall. But it’s also been a challenge keeping up with all the weeds because they are growing as quickly as the stuff we actually want.

Until we started this big garden (50 ft by 50 ft), I don’t think I fully appreciated how sensitive–and vulnerable–farmers, homesteaders, and gardeners are to the weather. Of course, this is is something we all know. But we tend not to think about it because we don’t have to. If we buy most of our food at a grocery store, we pay for bad weather elsewhere in higher prices–or the lack of [insert crop ruined by too much or too little water, a storm, or whatever here]. It doesn’t hit home, however, in quite the same way.

Rain is such a mixed blessing. Too much and too early, seeds can get washed away or you can’t plant anything until late. Too little, you have to rely on irrigation. That can be expensive, labor intensive, or simply impossible if there is no water with which to irrigate [see: California drought]. It also can be a pain in the derriere. And some stuff may die anyway.

We’re grateful for the rain this spring and summer, but I’m also ready for several 70-something, sunny, sans rain days in a row.

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One Response to lush

  1. Lisa Kozleski says:

    When we had our two terrible summers last year and the year before with SO much rain (and flooding, and hail), you could tell we live in an agricultural area because so much of the conversation was about what this meant for farmers. Now that I think of it, we here a TON more news here about the weather and crops than in Philly or WP, even in a regular summer. Such a huge part of the economy I suppose?

    [Lethbridge College]Lisa Kozleski
    Senior writer and editor
    Lethbridge College
    403-320-3202 X5778

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