When we moved to the farm, we neglected to check out weather patterns. In the long run, this was a good thing. It was the first of three years of the worst drought Colorado had seen in 100+ years. It was the perfect time for us to learn all about water usage (in the right spot at the right time) and conservation.
This year we have the complete opposite. We are mid-June and still very green. Don’t get me wrong, I love the green (it’s not my Irish roots, but my garden roots), it’s just that this much of it here at this time of year is very odd.
Usually, we get less rain and higher temps about now. The gardens pop up like gangbusters and bring all the weeds with them. The biggest benefit of our dryer weather is that it is much easier to keep the weeds semi under control (all gardeners know you cannot completely control weeds – physically impossible). With all the rains and cooler temps, the weeds are thick and thriving – grrr!
It’s just been so strange:
- Green everywhere, even where the farmers are not using their sprinkler systems.
- Humidity – that is a major “ugly” word out here. It’s supposed to be dry and easier to breathe.
- Thrown off mowing schedule – this just ticks me off! Normally only mow once a week or even every two weeks. Now it’s every couple of days – I don’t have that kind of time?!
- More moisture – not necessarily a bad thing, just not normal. With more moisture comes all the extras we don’t usually have: Mushrooms (not edible and on/in everything), thick prolific weeds, wet everything in the mornings, and humidity – ugh!
You would think that a kid from Wisconsin would appreciate and be used to “wet” – nope – been in Colorado long enough to know that dry in the morning is helpful for gardeners. I like to get my mowing done in the early mornings. It’s better for the grass and, for here, less wind. It usually means fewer bugs. Now the bugs and my allergies are running amok.
(Thank you, Dave – so true!)
Guess I just need to stop bitching, appreciate the moisture (because it may not be here later), pull up my big-girl-panties, and get my chores done.
Happy Gardening Everyone!!
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