The brunt of Tropical Storm Andrea was to our east.  We got another two inches of rain from the edges of it, but it could have been much worse.

Still, another couple inches of rain fell on our already soaked soil.  The gardens remain too muddy to cultivate.  The soil is too wet to till.  And it’s been impossible to cut and bale our hay.

And this morning as I look out the window, thinking of the CSA shares I need to go pick, I see that it is raining again.

But all this rain has been great for the grass, not all of which is growing in places I don’t want it.  And as I’ve mentioned several times, our spring brassicas are loving it.

Whenever we have sudden heavy rains I worry about erosion.  I try to lay out rows, buffers and drainage ditches to protect the gardens, but they don’t work perfectly and we lose topsoil during the worst of it.  I hate that.

Repairing our roads is also part of my post-storm routine.   The rain turned this road, which leads to our pond, into a ditch.


I use a box blade to try to shape it back up, fill the holes, and direct the water to the proper ditches.

What a dramatic change from last year’s drought, which brought a different set of worries and problems.

Even though I’m getting tired of tramping around in mud, I think I prefer too much rain to too little.