Monday night I heard the wind start to howl and it was getting dark fast. Then I heard thunder in the distance. I was praying that it wouldn't rain on us. Usually I go the other way. As a gardener I love summer thundershowers. But not on Monday night. The reason was my garlic. I had left it in the ground because of the massive rain storm we got over July 4th. I wanted it to dry out a bit before harvesting.
It wasn't supposed to rain. The predictions were for widely isolated thunderstorms. The odds that we would get hit were small. but boy did we get hit. We got about 2/3 of an inch in half an hour. So much for being dry.
For the next two days scattered thundershowers were predicted again. You just can't trust hot, humid weather. It will rain when you don't want it to and hold off when you do need the rain. At least the rest of the plants are happy with the extra water. But the garlic needed the protection of our bike shed. So once they were dry, I banged out dirt from the roots and bundled them up into eight bundles.
The empty spot in the garden didn't stay empty for long. The next morning I was out early. I broadcast some mustard seed over the bed and raked it in. I'll water it every day until it comes up. I don't grow mustard for the leaves, but for the seed. Like last year I'm growing yellow mustard seed again. Hopefully in the fall I'll have enough to make mustard again. Mustard is often used for another reason too. Those nasty nematodes in the garden hate mustard. It is often used in rotation with other crops to keep it down in the soil. So if I'm smart, I'll plant carrots here next spring. Last year I was going to do it but forgot when making up the rotations. There is just so much to think about when making up rotations for the garden. Sometimes it is hard to remember it all. And this year my carrots have suffered a bit because of it.