It’s a rainy day, but you’re in a gardening mood. If it’s warm and you have a good raincoat, there are some things you can do outside. If you stay in, there are still lots of garden-oriented things you can do. Here are some ideas for gardening in the rain.
When it’s not stormy and it’s warm, there are some things that are actually easier in the garden when it’s raining. Put on your rubber boots, raincoat, and wide-brimmed hat and head outside.
Pulling weeds is so much easier when the soil is soaked. Wear thick and heavy gloves to protect your hands, and yank weeds in the rain. You can also use a hoe or cultivator.
If you use newspapers for weed control, during a rainfall is an ideal time to cover the garden with newspapers. The rain will do the work of wetting down the papers and save you some money on your water bill.
2. Rock and stone removal
Like weeds, wet soil makes rock and stone removal easier. Wet soil just doesn’t hang onto rocks the way dry soil does. Using a hoe or cultivator, you can prepare the soil for planting in the rain.
You can also work in compost in the rain. Using a large garden fork and heavy rake, you can get the compost down into the soil aided by the rain, which helps it soak in and weighs it down.
Sometimes, it’s just not practical to get out in the garden in the rain. Here are some gardening things you can do indoors.
1. Clean and sharpen tools
This isn’t one of the most fun aspects of gardening, but it’s necessary. And when a sunny day comes along, you will thank yourself for taking time to get your tools ready. For rusty tools, use fine steel wool and WD-40 to remove the rust. A wetting or oil stone is excellent for sharpening cutting tools. You can also use a large file. If there’s sap build-up on any of your tools, rubbing alcohol on a thick, rough cloth helps remove it.
2. Plant seeds
Early in the season, many gardeners like to start their seeds indoors rather than out in the garden. A rainy day is perfect for planting seeds in containers indoors.
This can be a really fun aspect of gardening. On a rainy day early in the year, get out the seed catalogs and get your orders ready. If it’s too late in the spring to order seeds, you can take the time to plan your garden layout while your seedlings are getting started indoors.
Whether you choose to do things indoors or out, gardening in the rain is a great way to get things accomplished and relieve some of your urge to dig in the dirt.
What gardening activities do you do in the rain? Tell us in the comments!
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