Wednesday, June 17, 2015
This last batch of rain storms we have had over the last week have officially moved us back into saturated conditions. A couple of the garden plants looked as if they were going to pull out and begin to flourish last week but not so now.
It just won't stop raining.
All the stunted Buckwheat sections have now died out completely. No big deal as there is plenty left in the other parts but those parts are now losing the battle with the weeds as the rain helps the weeds more than it does the Buckwheat.
We actually have Zucchini although the Squash plant to the left has become stunted now. The real problem is you cannot get to the Zucchini to pick em as if you step into that brown mulched area you will lose your boot for good.
Instead of the ground being like walking on a sponge, now it's like walking on a sponge that is setting in a bowl of water. Between the constant rain and the lack of weeding time right now I am curious to see how much survives at this point. The creeks and streams have risen enough now that I have to take my truck into the hospital because of standing water on the roads in several places.
Everything is just mud with no end to these rains in sight according to the forecast.
At this point I am so far behind I am pretty sure several raised beds and other areas are going to officially be moved to the "Need to be reclaimed" category. A few of my fence and gate posts are also pulling up now because of the rain soaked ground too.
The good news is they are moving Mrs. PP out of ICU today and she has been given a clear bill of health in the physical and medical areas. No more constantly being hooked up to monitors and having to go get someone to turn off alarms to go to the bathroom. She is still a bit shaky in the concentration and focus departments though but not enough for them to sentence her to a rehab stay somewhere. She is still going to have to stay in the hospital a few more days though until the danger of tremors is over. About another week I think.
What all this is going to mean when I get her home yet is unclear but some serious downsizing will be in order for a while I recon.
This will be a good test to see what we have already planted that can survive with minimum labor input though. As I have long suspected the trees and vine perma-culture plants will probably do the best. Of course a lot of the stunting and dying is also rain related as I have mentioned.
Generally speaking things are still up in the air. I am pretty much winging this right now but I am certain there is much to be learned from this turn of events in the survival and prepping areas though. There maybe some changes coming to how we do things after this.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!