My favorite part of the rain so far...

Lisa_H(7)May 24, 2014

being able to pull up all the wild garlic weeds...

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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

I agree that moist ground does make it easier to pull weeds, not that I have any moist ground yet, but I do remember moist ground from some previous years. : )

Is your rain gauge overflowing yet?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 1:47PM
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chickencoupe

it hasn't crossed our path, yet. seems odd to read about it, but have none. I cannot complain, tho. Most of the places in Oklahoma getting rain need it FAR worse than we do. I just wish Dawn were getting some.

I think we'll be getting some over the next week at some point.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 3:51PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I am thankful for a half inch but my ground is not really soft yet. I love to pull weeds in a light rain if there is no lightning. Sometimes I get soaked and have to change clothes. If I had neighbors who could see me they'd think I was crazy.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 3:54PM
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TotemWolf(7 SWOK-Greer County)

Nothing like a muddy garden. I love hearing the squish under the mulch as I check the plants today.

Robert

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 5:44PM
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Lisa_H(7)

My gauges are NOT overflowing :( But we are getting good rain. I think we probably had an inch at least yesterday. My rain gauge was full of sprinkler water so I am not positive! but my ground was nicely soaked. I've had less than 1/2 an inch today, but the rain just ran me inside, so there might be more.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 7:33PM
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Lisa_H(7)

I pulled a bunch of weeds this morning. It was a blessing to be able to do that! Between lack of rain and being so busy at work, I haven't really be able to do my gardening chores the way I need to.

My zuchetta is up!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 7:35PM
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chickencoupe

It just finished raining. We received .000000001 of an inch. :D

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 7:42PM
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chickencoupe

Oh yeah! It's pouring down!!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 8:42PM
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Lisa_H(7)

I miss not having a "like" button on GW :) Yay Bon!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 9:04PM
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gmatx zone 6

Listening to the "slurrrpppp" as I pulled my mud boots up from the very wet cow lot slush in the low areas in front of the gate when I went out to feed. I think DH said we got another 1-1/2" overnight. Sure glad my boots didn't have any holes in them.....

Dawn and CC (love your username!) have you gotten any rain yet?

Mary

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 9:19PM
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chickencoupe

Now, if Dawn could get some rain, I'd be one happy Oklahoman. We're up to .40 in. and it's still raining.

I'll hafta shake the bugs out of my mud sloggers tomorrow! I'm half tempted to grab a flashlight and go plant some seed tonight. I haven't been able to keep the upper soil moist to germinate. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, too. At this point I'm actually having some faith in that.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:16PM
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Lisa_H(7)

I ran out and planted seeds twice today :) Got new seeds in the mail this afternoon, so I had to plant them, right?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:47PM
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chickencoupe

Of course!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 10:53PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

Bon, I think it will get here eventually. I still am patiently waiting. If I get to the point that I am no longer patiently waiting, y'all will be the first to hear about it.

Lisa, Of course! I've planted a ton of seeds in the back garden (except for the places that are so dry and cracked that I still couldn't break up the soil) so that the rainfall will make them sprout and grow. With the clay edges of the garden that are too dry to use, I'm probably just going to put down cardboard, heap tons of hay on top and let the earthworms come work the soil there this year. The back garden is even further behind the front garden this year than it was last year, but it is lucky it is being planted at all in this drought. Without all the rain that is supposed to fall here over the next few days, I wouldn't have planted anything back there.

It does irritate me immensely that once I was able to break up the soil, it was filled with vole tunnels. Why is it the voles can tunnel through hard, compacted soil that the tiller just bounces off of?

I ordered seeds about 9 or 10 days ago so I'd have some specific things I wanted to add to the back garden, My order from Willhite arrived on Monday, and then my order from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange arrived either on Tuesday or Wednesday. I was worried they wouldn't make it before the rain got here but as it turned out, both seed orders beat the rain by a mile. I think I had ordered either Friday or Saturday of the previous week, so both companies shipped really quickly.

My favorite part of the rain is that it is falling where it is needed. I know it will get to us eventually, but even if a dry slot inexplicably develops in this huge rainy area and all the rain misses us, I'd still be thrilled for all the folks who got rain. I cannot complain. Well, I could, but it wouldn't do any good. We've already had rain twice in May and, while our May rainfall is far lower than our usual May rainfall, at least we have had some rain. I remain grateful for every drop that falls.

Dawn

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 8:18AM
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