I’ve always looked at the blog as a diary of sorts where we record what we’ve planted in the garden and how well it did or not. It’s fun to look back over the past few years to see what we were doing or creating at the time. So I’m writing here, on this little blog, about the wettest fall that I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.
This has not been the wettest year, but South Carolina certainly seems on track for that record. This past summer was extremely dry. I know, because we had to water the garden almost every day. But I’m sure you remember seeing the devastation that occurred in our state when record setting rainfall fell during October. Many places had over 20 inches of rain in a 24 hour period, causing homes and businesses to be flooded, roads washed out, dams broke, and bridges became unsafe. Luckily, here at the Crossroads, we didn’t experience any of those things other than our yards and most of the garden were underwater for a couple of days.
Every time Leo and I pull up into the yard we say, “Wow! Look at those morning glories!” This particular variety holds its blooms all day long and even into the early evening which is not typical of the kind that just grow in the wild.
After the torrential rains in October, we were worried that we had lost our garden but the broccoli is producing. It hasn’t grown as large as it normally would, possibly due to some of the minerals washing away.
After the October rains, the saturated ground never had a chance to fully dry. Water continued to stand in the woods behind us as well in Leo’s brother Jim’s yard. For the past two weeks, we have had 11 days of continuous rain or cloudy skies.
I’m not sure what the plans are once it all drains off. The guys have been discussing some sort of pipe to prevent this from ever happening again. But will we ever see this much rain again? Because I’ve never seen such a wet fall in my lifetime. But I count my blessings that we all have dry houses, unlike many of our fellow South Carolinians.
And the sun has reappeared!