“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.“ ~ Arabian proverb
It’s been very wet and cool down here on the Gulf Coast of Texas this spring. ‘Cool’ is not normal for the month of May; ‘wet,’ on the other hand, is expected. Thankfully, I work and live in the same place, where there is no need to get out in it unless we run out of food. Floods are common in heavy downpours and traffic problems do result, but they are nothing like the real monsoon rains along the equator. Just check out this Freshly Pressed piece in the style of Steve McCurry’s fabulous photography: Monsoon: A Photo Essay.
Okay, maybe sometimes I wish for breaks between the drops so I might go to the garden and get some sunshine. Once the Drought and subsequent fires of 2011 passed (an entire lake drying up because of it) I promised to treat rainwater with more respect and reverence. Today, as I stand out in the light rain, tasting the sweet drops of sky nectar on my tongue as they roll down my face, I swear rainwater now heals me.
Rain Is What Plants Need.
Catching roof run-off is easy to do. I use trash cans, open wheelbarrows or buckets — whatever makes a make-shift rain barrel — then cover with mesh screen to prevent mosquito reproduction. To use the water, I simply drop in a 50 GPM electric pump and run a water hose out to select plants when things get really dry. This season thus far, it hasn’t.
Rain barrel storage capacity has been at the maximum since March. I’ve used this caught water only twice, to build compost and garden beds, and to deep-water specific fruiting trees. It may be time to get some more rain barrels. In Houston, annual rainfall is in excess of 52 inches. I’ll bet by now, we’ve had more than half that number.
Sometimes, we get a bit more rain than usual…like in the past few days. Thunderstorm systems love to hover over Houston and dump tremendous amounts of ‘monsoon rains’ that can quickly flood low-lying areas — areas near bodies of water like ours. Sometimes the water flows in the opposite direction and begins to rise. Thankfully, our creek has never broken its banks in our 10 years of living here, but we have had instances where it rained so much in such a short time that the water could not drain away from our house fast enough.
Still, I like to go out and check. Just in case.
Cenzio From Staircase Window
Saggy With Water, Blossoms
Out the Front Door
Weighted cenzio a/k/a/ ‘Texas Rain Sage’ over entrance
You can literally watch the blossoms
open after a drenching rain!
Texas Rain Gauge
Overnight ‘Shower’ = 8+ Inches
Drencher = Full Wheelbarrow
Through a foggy lens…but zero garden flooding!
Love my no-till, layering method
Looking to be a rockin’ Roma Tomato crop.
12-inch plants are now chest-high after just 3 weeks
Time to stake the Amaryllis
Water Table is Up
The ‘Lake’ Recedes
Meditation Spot for Water Birds
More on that in a later post…
Too Much Rain = No Yard Time = Lazy Grazing
Are you getting a lot of rain where you live?