Where Has All the Rain Gone?


Naturally, or unnaturally it seems, we’re experiencing a drought where I live just when I’ve started to garden again. Community members scour the skies, and hunker down in front of the computer weather sites while keeping their phones tuned to weather apps. Time and again I have watched a promising storm split within a mile or two and circle around us. We water incessantly, nearly every plant has already peaked before June, new temperature records are set daily.

This is life in the new climate, I fear. The art of growing food becomes more than a practice in sustenance, it becomes a leap of faith. I can only plant the seeds, and hope our well doesn’t run dry. Water becomes more precious than gold. The guidelines set by local county extension offices are now meaningless. A seismic shift in seasons sends us all reeling — even the wild ones who are frantically trying to raise their young feel fast-forwarded by weather extremes.

And yet, I wake early every morning anticipating what I will find growing in the garden and what has pushed itself up from darkness, not caring whether it was watered from a hose or the sky, the will to live overriding all.

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4 thoughts on “Where Has All the Rain Gone?

  1. readknit

    To answer your question, I think all the rain may be here in the east! Too little rain is a big problem, and we are also having issues with too much; both our first and second plantings of bean seeds have rotted in the ground. My gardening mentor recommended this Cornell resource to me, and it might make interesting reading for you, too: http://climatechange.cornell.edu/gardening/
    I do hope you get rain soon and may your rain barrels not run dry!

    1. Yes, I believe you are correct, Bonny! From what I’ve heard via friends and family, the constant rain isn’t good, either. And we don’t have to fear evacuation, unless things get so dry that fire becomes a concern. Thank you for the link and abundant resources. I will check these out, hopefully on a rainy day. Until then, constant watering is the new norm. Hope you dry out soon, and sending you some of this Indiana sun!

  2. First, what a gorgeous sky! The field does look dry, but that expanse seems to hint at hope. It looks like a place where one can take a deep breath. I loved your comment about how growing things has become a leap of faith. Indeed. How does a gardener deal with a missing spring? The green wisdom of the past doesn’t seem to apply any more. I hope you’ll have time to post occasionally so we can see how everything is doing.

    1. Thanks Maureen. I’ll try to update a little more frequently if there ever is a rainy day again! I may have to go east just to fill up a rain barrel or two. Hope you’re getting more precipitation for your lovely new garden than we are.

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