I checked my notes.
“April 20th, 2016: The days are mostly sunny and we’ve had a nice spate of summer weather recently. I’ve quite often found myself sitting in the backyard in the afternoon, luxuriating in the heat and almost literally watching the garden grow.”
Well, this April has not been quite the same. The opposite, really. The rain never did stop for more than a day or two, and the ground remains soggy. The onions keep getting washed out, and I’m not replanting them anymore. The peas we planted back in February are no more than an inch high, but the weeds surrounding them are prolific and taking over. I’m just letting them.
So, in summary, we’ve all but given up on the outside garden for now.
Instead, we’re working in the greenhouse. It’s a nice place to be when the rain is relentlessly falling. It stays about 60-70 degrees during the day, which is downright balmy compared to what it’s like outside.
We got the tomatoes planted last week, and basil, eggplants, peppers, lettuce and carrots too. I’d have more in there, but one side of the greenhouse is taken up by milled lumber. Hopefully we’ll be able to use it in the new house or future barn, and then next year I’ll have even more room to play with if the ever-fickle weather keeps me inside again.
We upgraded from the soaker hose we had last year, and Jasper spent an afternoon installing a drip system. It uses the same timer, and waters twice a day for about 7 minutes at a time. If it ever gets warmer we’ll increase the watering, but for now the tomatoes seem quite happy.
So, all told, it’s not what I wanted my April check-in to look like, but it is what it is. Sigh. I’ve been moping about the weather for far too long. I’m done, I promise. There’s nothing to be done about it, anyway. Except sit in my greenhouse while the rain patters softly (or loudly) on the roof and watch my tomatoes grow.