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September 29, 2010

The first heavy rain of fall has come

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It rained all night and this morning I went out to see what the rains had done. The lawn was obviously delighted by the moisture and some dryer patches had greened up already. There was a whole flock of quail in the garden ecstatic over the ground cover. I shoed them out but they will come right back. So I spent some time throwing dirt over the seeds which the rain had exposed. I may have to replant the ground cover, but this rain should help the seeds sprout and I'll soon know.

Several of the tomatoes had split. It's interesting to note that I can water and over water the tomatoes, but they never split, but let a good rainstorm come in and they do? Maybe there are nutrients in the rain that the plant loves and so takes in more than it can hold, because splitting from excess irrigation doesn't occur.

The grapes have grown fatter and juicer overnight. There are huge clusters on all the vines and they are almost sweet enough to pick. This is another crop the birds love. They sit on the fence and flutter in and among the vines, filling themselves with the juicy fruit. And the everbearing strawberries are sooooo happy. They are standing up tall with a few almost ripe berries peaking out of the green.

All the dust on the trees has been washed off and the whole forest looks very grateful and happy and I breathe a sigh of relief because the constant watering of summer is now over.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 29, 2010 8:50 AM
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