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So what do you do on a rainy day when you had planned to work in the yard? Well – let’s face it – there is always something to-do on the list stuck on the fridge under ‘house projects’… but if you had a hankering to do garden stuff and the weather is not cooperating – here are a few thoughts:
Go to the garden centre
Yup we know it is raining, but we always have lots of questions that need the professionals' opinion and we find rainy days are great to get answers from your local garden centre team. Let’s see how they would deal with weeds in the lawn, what soil amendments they think work best in your local neighborhood and what cool new plants they are excited about! So get that latte in hand and track down the local experts.
One of our best rainy day activities it is to search through photos of award-winners…. Here is a great link that is sure to get you excited about landscaping!
Stock up on the basics
We find rainy days a good time to make sure we have all the ‘stuff’ we need when the sun does come back out. So a review of the to-do list will give you an idea if you need to go buy some more potting mix or compost or plant food or flats of flowers or…. Stocking up on a rainy day lets us go all fast and furious when we can get back out in the garden.
Even on rainy days we can get the containers going as the garage will make an “almost as good as the patio” planting area. With more and more gardeners doing big and showy containers, planting and soil prep in containers is becoming a major part of our start to spring. We are big fans of using some stones in the bottom of all our containers to improve drainage and reduce tipping… plus we think ‘time-release’ plant food is a container must-have so even rainy days can be ‘container gardening ‘ days…
Record keeping in the garden? For many of us gardening is a somewhat impromptu experience – we just "wing it" and hope it all works. A little record-keeping – maybe a notebook where we write down the names of the annuals and veggie varieties we used last year – will allow us to plan next year's garden with a little more success. The good news is that the plant industry is always coming up with new and improved plants to try – and part of the joy of gardening is in trying new ideas… so a little ‘record-keeping’ could be a good idea. So grab your notebook and a hot beverage and enjoy a few minutes of recording this year's experience.
Plan some hardscape
The past few years have brought us so many great outdoor living hardscape products – from pavers to amazing water features and outdoor living spaces that include kitchens, audio and lighting products. All these take some planning to sort out where they might fit your existing space – so lets us a rainy day to start the planning process. What order do you upgrade the backyard – pavers first? lighting first? Let’s help you with some of the planning work.
Look at your irrigation opportunities
Seems odd to talk about irrigation when it is raining – but one thing a rainy day is good for is taking a hard look at how you garden handles water. Do you have wet spots? Do you have spots that run water off too fast? Most gardens and backyards have areas that need some help with the soil – either to improve runoff or to hold more moisture or might benefit from some irrigation system help by either improving drainage or adding a watering system. Combining our first rainy day activity above – after you take a good look at how the yard handles rainwater – head over to the garden centre and talk the pros about what they might do if it was their yard.
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