Rain

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.

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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.

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4 comments on “Rain

  1. Leigh says:

    I came by to return the blog visit and thank you for taking the time to comment on mine. I can so relate to Andrea’s “gift”! The bottom of my garden is a huge puddle and the ground is way to soft. I have to agree with you though, too much is better than too little.

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    • Bill says:

      It rained yesterday and more is forecast for today. Just amazing. Being unable to cultivate, we’ve just about completely lost one of our melon gardens to grass.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    Too much definitely is better than too little – well, except when it turns to true flooding. As for those roads – whenever it all seems too much you can just have a peek at this. The Lofa road hasn’t changed one lick since I was there in the mid-70s. Goodness.

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    • Bill says:

      I’ve seen roads like that in Haiti. It wasn’t so long ago that some of the farm roads around here were like that. Now, with wider tires, gravel, 4 wheel drives, box blades and scraper blades, they don’t usually get so bad.

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