Wet weather gardeners – 10 things to do when it rains …

We knew the rain was coming today and yet still it seems to have taken many people by surprise.  Indeed driving into the office today, there were still people in shorts and tee-shirts soaked to the skin!

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Image courtesy of Tom Novak

If you love your garden though, is the rain enough of a deterrent to prevent you getting out of the house?

There are still jobs that you can do …

  1. Working in the rain can destroy the soil structure. Compression of the soil can cause water-logging so should be avoided.  However, it is a good time to identify areas in your garden of potential water logging.  Then when it’s dry, the keen gardener can prepare for aeration.
  2. Wet weather provides us with the perfect opportunity for management and maintenance.
  3. Cleaning our gardening boots and gloves.
  4. Tidying and sorting the shed.
  5. Maintaining tools – make sure you have an oily rag. A bit of elbow grease will make your next outdoor gardening session easier on your own joints.
  6. Sharpen any cutting implements eg shears, scythes, secateurs.
  7. A good inspection of your lawnmower – checking for any cable damage, sharpening blades and a good clean.
  8. Working in the greenhouse on tasks like seed sowing, thinning out seedlings, planting cuttings, checking dryness of bulbs, etc.
  9. Why not cook up some culinary delights from all of your harvested produce.
  10. If nothing else tickles your fancy why not enjoy a nice cuppa tea and read your favourite gardening magazine!

Happy gardening!

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