Great garden jobs for rainy days

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hosta moveSee that little hosta underneath the bigger ones? Rainy days are the perfect time to move the little guy out on his own. Photos by Doug Oster

Gardeners watch the weather carefully to decide what to do when.

Of course we look at rain differently than "normal" people. Two days of soft, soaking rain means less work and will make all the plants happy along with the gardener who tends them.

I love being in the garden while it's intermittently raining. A good pair of boots and a little rain gear allows for important jobs to be completed.

The first for me will be to move some hostas. I've got a few small one which were planted last fall, but bigger varieties have taken over from above and are overshadowing their lesser cousins. As a general rule of thumb, never move something which is blooming or about to bloom. It's better to move plants afterwards, often in the fall.

The best time to move hostas is in the early spring, but if this plant isn't moved, it's going to die.

If there's a plant in the wrong spot and it NEEDS to be moved, rainy days are perfect for the chore.

This is a great time to weed. The offending plants will come up much easier when the ground is wet. I throw them all into a special weed compost area and let them rot away.

Rainy days are perfect for planting either in the garden or in containers. As long as the soil is not waterlogged, the garden is ready for plants. The big advantage is the newly planted varieties will get plenty of moisture and won't be stressed by the hot sun.

Sow some seeds, they love wet weather. Lettuce, greens, radishes, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, beans and more will all sprout in the warm moist soil.

The garden is quiet on rainy days, it's wonderful to spend time out there alone to fantasize about the next great planting.

blog toad doesn mind the rainThis toad doesn't mind the rain and will feast on slugs too.

blog spider dryThis spider is keeping dry by clinging to the bottom of a golf club. I use them in the garden to supports vining crops like peas.



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