Gardening is always at the mercy of the weather. That of course is one of it beauties (the chance to work in harmony with nature - ha!) and its downsides - especially if d your opportunities to get out in the garden are limited. It's one of life's annoyances that after a sunny week locked in the office, watching the spring glass explode into growth, that the moment you have time to get out with the lawnmower, the skies darken and the rain comes in.
This year the weather has been somewhat crazy. We've had the beast form the east, an unexpected week of summer, then back to cold and wet, And garden tasks often won't wait. I've just spent a very dark and gloomy weekend cramped in my greenhouse, potting on 270 mini plugs into proper pots. If don't do it soon after they arrive the poor things don’t survive (and the slugs miss their annual feed…..) so it was one of those jobs that had to be done irrespective of the weather.
The weather's also always a challenge for us at Thrive when we are running out therapeutic gardening sessions. You can have a wonderful planned out day - and then incomes the rain and everything has to change (although too much sun can also be a challenge with lethargic clients (and therapists!) hiding in the shade or taking long tea breaks to enjoy the warmth!). This is where the design of the garden is important.
We're lucky to have a large glass house and polytunnel which are great to work in at this time of the year - and have easy access to get wheelbarrows of compost and plants in. The compost is stored outside but we also keep some bags in the dry. We have power and water down there (although it would be useful to have hot water - would make winter pot washing more pleasant!) so we are pretty well set up for wet weather. At home it’s a different matter - my garden slopes and the green house is at the bottom corner and the shed (compost, pots etc) at the far opposite corner. There's no electricity or water at either, so pot washing requires bowls of water or a very understanding family who don’t want to use the kitchen sink.
One day I'm going to invest in a proper potting shed, with room for compost, pots a large workbench, wheel barrow (and me and a kettle!) and I'm going to site it right next to the greenhouse. Either that or maybe a small alpine railway running between the green house and the shed?
So maybe a rainy day is a good opportunity to have a think about the layout of your garden.. And gardeners are always an optimistic bunch. Next week's weathers looking good…
" god sends rainy days so that gardeners can get the housework done…)