A Guide: Gardening On Rainy Days

Sunday, August 30, 2020

 


I have been asked how my garden has been doing lately, especially since it has been raining lots here on my side of this earth. In behalf of my garden, I'd like to share that it is still thriving, thank you! 


Although I won't be able to say that it remains unscathed. It gets especially hard when it rains consistently for days. Most would think to give up entirely and wait for the next summer season to come, but in every cloudy day, there is an opportunity. It just takes a bit more effort than usual to keep an eye on the plants more. 


I'd like to think that I was even more challenged to get involved. I initially thought and feared I would have to spend less days in the garden. It meant less time to immerse myself in greenery, which was the kind of routine I so happily established in the summer months. It was a routine I genuinely loved; one that has kept me afloat in this truly strange time. But here I am, seeking out every morning that has even the tiniest bit of sun, just so I can go out and check on my plants, no matter how long or quickly the weather permits. 


And so I am back with my gardening notes, with some lessons learned, which I'm thrilled to share with you, dear reader. I am focusing on vegetable plants, as this is what I've been growing.


Dealing with pests

With the rainy season came a lot of insects and pests, which damaged our bok choy plants almost entirely. This is normal because we do not use pesticides, and since every crop we grow in the garden is organic, we just allow nature take its course. 


Luckily, we have a few surviving ones, and we are closely monitoring them. The best thing to do is to always check if there are any worms (those fuzzy, itchy looking worms), or any 'sick' looking plants (the ones that seem to have so much worm bites already and are developing stranger than normal leaves), then discard them so they will not affect everyone else. Aside from regularly checking, it might be good to consider relocating them to another place in the garden where there are no other plants surrounding it.



When there's too much water

Are the plants drowning? Add more soil, add more fertilizer! It's good to replenish the soil nutrients to make sure the plant remains healthy. Rain also tends to wash the soil away, especially for potted plants. It's also good to ensure it has an efficient drainage system. This is done by having holes on the pot so excess water can flow out. 


As we anticipated the rainy days, we allotted a portion of the garden wherein we transferred the potted vegetable plants directly to the ground. We would add soil, compost, and fertilizer as needed.


If you know that there are plants that are sensitive to too much water, then it's best to transfer them to a place in the garden where they won't be directly receiving all the rain water when it pours heavily. I did this for my succulents. I placed them somewhere partially shaded, yet I know for sure that the sun still reaches them.


Pull out the weeds

Weeds abound during the rainy season, and often they are competition for the vegetable plants. Weeds grow faster and easier, and they can potentially absorb the nutrients meant for the vegetable plants. It is good to take time to pull out the weeds. Make sure to pull them from its very core, right down to its root, so that it will no longer have any chance of survival. 


I wanted to share a few upsides with the rainy days as well--




I have been seeing more butterflies around lately, both big and small! It's lovely to see, seeing them flutter and dance around, really. I've only seen it in cartoons, but I see it more now in real life, and it just makes my day. 


I'd like to think the rain and I take turns in watering the plants. Instead of getting discouraged with spending less time in the garden, I've decided to instead have more time for other things that I love doing. There is a time for everything, and such a joy it is to be content with what the present situation can give. Gardening on rainy days has taught me that opportunity abounds when you go about things with an open mind.

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It's another long weekend for us here in Manila! I'm spending it by not having any specific agenda, just doing more of the things I love, and perhaps going on a walk with a dear friend and neighbor later in the afternoon.

I hope your Sunday is restful, dear reader.

6 comments

  1. I have never done any gardening in my life, but if you count growing mongo seeds for a school project, then that's the only time. But right now, seeing almost all of the people I follow get into plants, it makes me think that maybe I could give gardening a try. I don't have a green thumb like my mom, ask the 2 dead succulents I had 2 years ago. 😅 Any tips for a noob beginner like me?

    Renee | https://www.renalexis.com/

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    1. Getting into plants is always a good idea :") for me personally, I started it out with the thought of achieving food security. It takes time for plants to grow of course, but once they do, they just keep giving and giving. You just have to plan it out too, perhaps in batches (like pechay!).

      Then there's also the comfort of seeing greenery. I love seeing green; it helps me calm down and really think through my thoughts, every time I do gardening tasks or just sit down and stare out into the trees and plants.

      I don't believe in green thumbs tbh!! It just pays to be consistent and to keep trying again and again. :D I suggest to try planting vegetable plants first such as pechay! they are very easy to grow, and you can harvest your first crop in 25 days. :") I say go for it Renee!! hehehe

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  2. Gosh, I wish I could manage a garden as well as you! I think if I had more than one plant they would all suffer and die eventually!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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    1. Gardening has brought so much life for me this year!! With a lot more time in my hands, I spend most of it taking care of the plants and attempting to grow them more.. It doesn't hurt to start with one plant or two, perhaps? :") thanks for your time with me here, Tash!

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  3. It is great that your garden has been experiencing some rain. It helps with growth of the plants! Though, it can be hard when there is too much water. Oh man, I hate dealing with pests!! But that is the reality, when we eat our fruits and vegetables, we don't think about the farmers and such who dealt with the pests before it came to the market. It is great that you were prepared for the rain to avoid drowning! It is so cool to see the results of your garden. Looking forward to seeing more :).

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. I now understand how hard it can be to grow crops, and I admire the farmers even more considering all the hard work and effort they pour out with farming. There really must be a lot of planning and strategizing on their end too, but it's great also that we have technology now to help aid them in the whole process. Thank you so much Nancy for being here, have a lovely weekend!

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