This spring has mostly been kind to us. We have had a few half inch rains, but then we get sun. The weather has been cold so there hasn't been much evaporation. I only felt that I had to water my plants once all spring and that was because they were just seedlings and didn't have their roots fully grown. But this isn't our usual spring weather. Usually we get a lot of clouds and some cold drizzly weather. On average we get an inch of rain every week. In fact our yearly weather is the same. Unlike the west coast with rainy and dry seasons, we get 4"+/- 0.5" every month with August at the low and November the high. So all year long we get a good amount of precipitation.
Of course those are all averages. And before this week we were running behind in May precipitation. After this week I think we will have caught up. It started raining late Saturday night. We have had a few pouring rains, but mostly it has been light drizzle. We won't have a peek of sun until the coming weekend. I should be used to these rains, but I'm not. I grew up in Colorado in the land of sunshine. When it rains for three days straight, I start to get depressed due to the lack of light.
Worse than the rain is the cold however. Yesterday's high was 49.5F. Monday's was 50.9F. It is cold. Really really cold for mid May. I think even my greens are hunkering down in that weather. I'm sure the spinach is happy though. And I'm shocked, but even some of the beans are germinating in this weather. The pintos (both kinds) have come up. The Waltham butternut has germinated in the cold weather too. My Black Futsu hasn't come up yet though.
The chamomile, above, had just taken off in the rain. I swear it had doubled in size since Saturday. I expect a lot of nice tea for the cold winter months. Hmm I think I could use some now. Brrrr. At least it is getting warmer today. We might even get to the mid 50Fs.
That ought to make my poor tomatoes happier. I don't think they like this cold and damp weather. But I can't see them under their plastic. I think when they get uncovered and we get some sun, I should spray them with aspirin and worm tea to ward off disease. This cold weather can't be good for them. At least hey are protected from the rain.
As for me. I'm staying out of the garden. I've got my eggplants and cucumbers to keep my company. They keep leaning toward the sun hoping to go outside, but I know better. They don't want to be out there in the cold rainy weather.