|After the storm.|
We got a good soaking of rain this last week -- four days of it -- and we're now in the post-rain fog that always seems to come up until the ground dries out a bit. Right now it's too wet to dig in the ground, so I am left with attending to other tasks.
But as astronomers have books for cloudy nights, surely farmers have tasks for rainy days.
I'm lucky that since spring is here, it's a great time to start this summer's seedlings. Today I will begin with some spinach and lettuce, and move on to tomatoes later this week. I love to freeze spinach for casseroles, dips and lasagnas, and since last year's crop was destroyed by roly polys and I had to use wild mustard greens in spinach's place, this year I'm determined to get a good, healthy crop into the ground. Which probably means putting them in as transplants, when they're too large for the roly polys to destroy.
Since I'm going to adhere to the local admonition not to plant my transplanted tomatoes before Mother's Day, my Mortgage Lifters and Brandywines will, likewise, have plenty of time to sprout and get sturdy between now and then in the protected comfort of our solarium.
I can't believe I just said, "in my solarium." We didn't put it in, people. It was the lady before us. And what she used as a lounge area/art studio, we use to store Mason jars, dry fruits and grow seedlings. Guess we've hillbillied it up a bit, but sometimes usefulness trumps aesthetics.
And as if the news couldn't get any brighter, Wednesday is when Farm Supply gets in a new batch of Bared Rock and Americauna chicks, so we' should be positively springing forth with new life by week's end.
It's funny, no matter how long and how hot summer is, once February is done, I feel done with winter and ready for the inevitable punishment summer usually turns out to be. I'm sure many of you with harsher winters feel the same way. I will certainly not turn down any rain we can get at this point, but fast-moving, water-dumping spring rains, not freezing winter storms is what I'm hoping for.