Posted 5/23/2011 9:00pm by Brosi .
I have a tendency to overreact regarding weather trends. A few days of clouds and rain is a never-ending flood. Similarly a week without rain is the drought of all droughts. So obviously I've felt like this spring has been extremely rainy. However to hear Roy say this is the wettest April and spring he has ever seen adds some weight. The past day of sun may not have even begun to dry out the inches of rain we received last week, but I think it did a world of good for our collective mood. We went around digging out those sunglasses and hats that were buried under raincoats and trying to mow grass that very easily could be raked and baled over what was once a lawn.
Walking around the fields you see some unhappy tomato and pepper plants asking why they were sent out to this wet cool place where the sun rarely shines. Meanwhile, the onions seem quite okay and just thankful to no longer be captive in 3/4 inch blocks. The tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouses, however, are gloating to their unlucky and uncovered neighbors on the hill. Intent on transforming the tame lush carpet of salad mix into the jungle walls of summer, they seem quite happy with the added compost. The greenhouse plants also seem to think that perhaps if they grow even taller they might reach the sun that they still believe is out there somewhere.
While the weather hasn't been the best for the early crops, we keep working away. The rainy days mean the greenhouses have never looked better, the thistles practically leap out of the ground when weeding, and we have spent very little time on irrigation. Also with some bed space made during the week of sun earlier, we have quite a bit of hand transplanting that can be done. While it is difficult and a bit stressful to plan things to fill the box this rainy spring, we are so thankful for the support of our CSA members throughout the seasons including those such as this one with a bit of a rain delay. By the time of summer tomatoes, hopefully this crazy rainy spring will be a distant memory.