After The Rain…Many Opportunities For Gardeners

After heavy or prolonged rain, we gardeners venture outdoors and revel in how refreshed the plants look and how easily weeds can be extracted from the soil.

Gardening in the rain...

Photo: Juliette Culver (flickr)

Gardening in the rain...

Yes, it is messy, but is there any more satisfying gardening pleasure than to pull up a weed with the entire root structure intact? For example, with dandelions, there is an exquisite thrill when the root does not crack but comes out whole, looking like a little parsnip. Our hands may be covered with mud, but we are triumphant when this occurs.

I tend to start with the weeds at the edges of the beds after it rains, as it is not advised that we tramp all through beds and compact the soil, taking a lot of it away on our boots. The grass that has infiltrated the edging plants is fair game. When a sharp tug releases a long white root of the grass, it is so satisfying that before long I am down on my knees weeding the entire length of the bed. I throw the grass aside in frenzied haste, on a mission to search and destroy. Before I go back inside I also always pick a few rain sodden flowers to drip dry in a vase on my kitchen counter.

Rain not only provides much needed water for our gardens, it provides gardeners with related opportunities.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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  • http://rainwater-collectionsystems.com/ Lisa

    Great tip… It’s definitely rewarding to pull out a weed all the way from the bottom… makes you want to go for more!

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