Rain, rain, keep on a comin', for now anyway.
To many a rainy day means cancelled outdoor plans, messy driving weather, cloudy skies that do not emanate cheer, but to this country gardener, it is a blessing to be enjoyed. We have had drier years, and on those years the lake level is in the news but this year rain has fallen in many places in the county while bypassing us on the hill.
Our garden has done OK but could have been a LOT better with more rainfall. Why not just water it? Well...... I do but only when the plants are just starting out. They have not had enough time to develop a big root system and can't reach deep for their sustenance.
But after a month or so, they are on their own because I do not like using "treated" water on my veggies, nor do I like paying for it to go on the ground. If I do my job well in preparing the garden with organic matter and mulch, they will survive. Maybe not over abundantly, but such is life.
Back to the rain, I stood out under the roof overhang and watched, smelled and occasionally felt the life giving water quench our land. When some of our relations from Texas visited us years ago, I remember taking the kids out under the roof in the same way to encourage them to absorb nature. They seemed to enjoy it and I hope remember it like I do.
I watched the water flow down our driveway and envisioned ways to channel it to the garden in dry years, yet divert it when it threatens to wash to soil away. Since we live on a slope, water can occasionally wreak havoc, but the beds are laid out to catch and slow the water so it can be absorbed. Lessons learned, but there are always more improvements to be made.