Alright, we got it!

The forecast for the DC metro region: rain.  Don’t worry, it’s only a few more inches.  It’s been quite a yo yo of a summer here in DC.  Wicked hot, july and august saw barely any rain, and now rain is the word of the week.  In the past 2 weeks, we’ve been dumped on with 10-12 inches of rain!  That would be the equivalent of 100 inches of snow, for you northern people that only get snow.  Sorry, that would be 2.54 meters, Kim.

The great news is that the permeable pavers i put in earlier this summer are really doing their job!  I can really see the benefit when looking at the concrete slab near the permeable pavers: there are huge puddles around the slab, not a drop collected around the pavers (instantly absorbed into the soil below).  The 125 gallon rain barrel, on the other hand, filled in the first 10 minutes of the first storm last week.  oh well…

If you hadn’t guessed it by now, i have not been doing much in the way of actual gardening this week.  Knowing this, you’ve probably guessed that i’ve been planning what gardening i’ll do, or virtual gardening.  After all, that’s what gardeners do: in the dead of winter; plan the spring: in the spring, plan the summer and fall….of course, this rule of planning only applies to gardening and, sadly, rarely extends into other facets of my life.

For now, i’m thinking 2 things: what will i do differently next year, and how much garlic and flower bulbs to buy for november planting.  I’m hoping to walk through the yard and write down some notes about the plants i had this year: too many, not enough, spacing, plants that do well next to each other, if certain beds got the sun/shade i thought they would: stuff like that.  I’ve learned that some plants got much larger than anticipated and shaded out the ones i put next door, and that a household of two only needs a dozen well spaced chard plants.  I’ll get some photos of the difference spacing makes when the flood subsides and we get off the ark.

As far a garlic goes, i’ll be buying a few different varieties, both hard and soft neck, shooting for 90-100 cloves which should be plenty for eating and hopefully enough for the following year’s seed.  Get out your breath mints!

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About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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