|13 Mar '10 11:55 pm|
This week brought more rain. It rained almost every day. Up until the middle of last summer our area and most of Georgia was under a severe drought for almost three years. There were state-wide watering restrictions and for over a year there was no outside residential watering allowed except for vegetables gardens. While I understood the need for this I was very concerned about keeping what I had alive. Obviously planting anything new was out of the question. I do have two 60 gallon rain barrels and what little rain we did have managed to keep these full, so I got lots of exercise hauling buckets of water from the rain barrels to water my plants. Then in the middle of last summer after having some rain in the spring, the outside water ban was lifted. There were still restrictions, but we were allowed to use our irrigations systems again - only on certain days and only during certain times of the day. I was so relieved as while most of my plants were still alive, they had definitely suffered and were showing it.
The Atlanta area gets its water from Lake Lanier - a 38,000 acre lake created by damming up the Chatahoochee River. A year ago the lake was 20 feet below full pool - a record setting low. 'Experts' said it would take years for the lake to reach full pool again. However Mother Nature had other ideas. She began giving us rain last summer and lots of it. She made up for a three year drought in a matter of months. The lake was full again which was good news however we also had severe flooding in some areas of Atlanta last September. The Atlanta area has continued to receive rain through the fall and winter. A year ago I thought I would never say, "I'm tired of all this rain", but I AM tired of all this rain. I know my garden is grateful but if Mother Nature would just back off a wee bit with the rain, say on the weekends I would appreciate it.
So this spring will be the first time in quite a while that I can go to the garden nursery store and actually buy plants instead of just look at them. For a long time I would go to the nursery and just look at the plants knowing I couldn't get any, because with the drought I would struggle to keep them alive. Now it will only be a couple more weeks and the gardening centers will have all the new spring plants and I will be able to do more than just look at them. I'm sure there will be weekly visits where I will load my cart to overflowing and my husband will shake his head but being the good guy he is, he understands my passion. (He's also very good a digging holes!)
This weekend looks to have partially decent weather. It is supposed to rain (again) Saturday night and Sunday morning and temperatures will be in the 50s - but I am determined to go outside and finish the work I started last weekend, so I will be ready to get new plants in the ground when the time comes. Here in Atlanta it is generally safe to plant after April 15th. (No more freezing temperatures.)