• Adam Raymond

Arizona Summer Rain

It has been nearly a year since my last post, and I have to apologize. My day job got pretty crazy, but that is still no excuse for not writing a blog or so a month. So today, I wanted to write about rain and well-being from Arizona; it is kind of a big deal to us that grew up in the desert. Of course, I get excited when it rains, but what does that mean for our gardens.

During the Arizona monsoon season, we usually only get the occasional thunderstorm, but the last four days we have had rain have lasted hours at a time. I have not had to water my garden for over a week now as I am letting nature take care of it. These long rains water the plant but provide moisture beyond just the garden but deep down into the soil. The extra moisture will help the plant's roots expand and provide additional humidity for the next couple of weeks.

Rain brings extra nitrogen into the soil, and water contains more oxygen than regular tap water. These excess nutrients help all plants in the garden, house plants, and yard plants when given rainwater. In the summertime, the cooler temperatures also give plants a slight relief from the summer heat. For example, we just got four days of rain in late July, and the week following will only be in the high 90's to low 100's degrees. In the prior weeks, our temperatures were 115's degrees or higher. In addition, the heat going down gives the plants a chance to heal some excess heat and regrow damaged limbs and leaves.

When the rain comes to the desert, it is a time to be excited. It is always a good idea to put out a few buckets and collect a bit of rainwater for your plants. Setting your house plants outside during the rain depends on the weather as our storms can get quite intense and may damage house plants. Also, keep in mind the temperatures when putting house plants outside. While it is terrific when raining, it can quickly get hot after the rain, damaging house plants. There is one downside of collecting rainwater for house plants. Would you mind ensuring the buckets or containers have lids, or you use the water within four or five days? The reason for this is to avoid any mosquito outbreaks we often get after a week after rainstorms. It is a good idea to check your yard for any standing water and empty it shortly after rainstorms to prevent mosquitos.

I will always love the rain and what it provides for my plants. It cools the weather and gives us a chance to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and like plants, people also want relief from the summer heat.

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