Our lengthy drought is over. Last night a line of thunderstorms came by and even though we just caught the edge of it and a few tail-enders we’ve had a significant rainfall, enough to close up the cracks in the ground and fulfill the hopes of the new grass planted from seed, last year’s seeded grass and many young trees. The asparagus should pump out joy.

Recent weather was so hot and dry it was all I could do to keep seedlings moist so the rest of the yard was at Nature’s mercy. Weeds were struggling. Grass was just holding its own. Many young trees never woke up from winter’s sleep. This rain is an answer to prayer. Life will go on in my yard.

UPDATE – I went out on a mission. I made up 1L of glyphosate spray from concentrate and protected some 1 year old fruit seedlings and blasted the quack-grass that was threatening them. TAKE THAT! I protected the seedlings with inverted plastic cups anchored with a rock. I also removed close weeds so that later the wind would not brush them against my precious trees.

As a monument to the effectiveness of the rain my boots picked up a good thickness of mud even though I tried to walk upon weeds out and back. This should bring the garden to a good level of productivity and give the lawn a real shot in the arm. It remains to be seen how some of the damaged trees survive. A few have just a tiny portion of leaves active. It looks grim. Even a scots pine is brown everywhere except the bottom few twigs. Several apples are starting over from ground level.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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