By Mike Thayer
Boy were we in need of a good rain and Mother Nature has delivered.
My rain gauge broke so I can't give you an exact amount of rain that we've received here in the Coralville area over the last 12 hours, reports are around a half inch.
This rain was my kind of rain, not a big storm, a gentle/steady rain that you can sleep to.... We'll see the benefits immediately. The grass that was starting to brown will green again, the gardens will perk up and the farm fields will take off with another round of aggressive growth.
Things were getting pretty dry in the Akdeniz Garden, despite some thirst quenching done with rain barrel water. The barrels were emptied earlier in the week and the lack of water was evident in my roses, whose leaves were starting to curl up. The surface soil in my vegetable beds was getting powder dry, but I held off on using city water yesterday with rain in the forecast. Plants aren't real keen on city water, it should be a last resort. It's also not good to water too frequently or not long enough, as it doesn't allow plants to develop a deep root system.
Tip: If you have to use city water, put it in buckets or watering cans a day or two before use. This allows some of the chemicals to dissipate. Plants don't need chlorine or fluoride.