Perhaps you know that performing specific gardening tasks can be quite relaxing. After all, the weather plays a vital role in your garden, and you cannot afford to neglect it. A great number of people engage in some gardening work only when it is pleasantly warm outside. However, it turns out that specific gardening tasks are actually fit for a different weather.
Here is more on the matter:
- Plant seeds before it rains – perhaps the best time to plant new seeds in the garden is before it rains. The ground should be dry since it is rather easier to work. Rain that is about to come will do the work for you in terms of watering the seeds. You will not need to drag the hose to water the newly planted seeds. However, if heavy rain is in the forecast, it is best to avoid seeding new plants. A good soaking rain is ideal, but any heavier than that and you are actually in danger of having the seeds washed away, which basically means you will have wasted your precious time.
- Deal with weeds after a rain – while it may seem like a hassle to tread in the mud and deal with weeds, it is actually the best time to address this task. Why is that so? The answer is simple. A good rain loosens the soil and makes it easier to pull weeds out of the ground by their roots. As you know, manual weeding is the best way to deal with this task, and the best time to do it is right after the rain. If rain isn’t coming anytime soon and you need to weed, give the garden a good soak.
- Do transplants on a cloudy day – it doesn’t matter if you are dividing your perennial plants or actually planting vegetable starts, you should always aim to do it on a cloudy day. Transplants usually go through transplant shock, which can, in fact, lead to the plant dying out. One of the main culprits is water loss. Newly planted roots are inefficient at first, and cannot compensate for the loss of water from the leaves and stems. Transplanting is best left for cooler weather when transplants are not exposed to the sun. That gives them some time to establish in their new environment.
- Till in dry weather – if you need to do some tilling, digging and raking, you need to wait for dry weather. Muddy soil just doesn’t make for an easy task in regards to this job. Wait for some time after a rain so the soil can dry and then get to work. The soil will compact a lot less, and it will be easier for you to work. Keep in mind that tilling in bad weather is not a good idea, since you may end up doing more soil compaction than if you weren’t tilling at all. Besides, muddy soil can badly cake on your tools and make it difficult to work with them.
- You should pay greater attention to temperature – whether it is sunny, cloudy or raining, you have to keep in mind that the most important factor is temperature. Some crops prefer cool weather and will do extremely well if you plant them immediately after the first thaws of the year. As a matter of fact, hot weather often causes growth to slow down. Other plants, such as flowers work opposite of that – they do well when you plant them in later spring. It is all a matter of keeping tabs on the weather and knowing the best conditions for specific plants.
Now that you know good weather is not the only one you should be doing gardening chores in, you can better carry out your work.