Seed Swaps

Hedging your weather bets.

13 Jul 2012
Cloudy 32°C / 90°F

For all of you in the same boat as me, dry/hot weather-wise, I think I found a way of making it pour cats and dogs. All you need to do is to harvest your garlic and find a shady spot in which you place it to cure. Then, decide to air out your car, by leaving all of the windows open a crack, and promptly forget all about it. Then, just to make triple sure, hand-water all of your veggies by lugging back breaking buckets of water from the (only) distant water source. Voila! Instant deluge.

This method apparently works despite any assurances by all and sundry weather authorities of dry, hot weather for the foreseeable future. A gorgeous day with no humidity, and not a cloud in the sky will have absolutely no negative effect on this method.

Other variations of weather inducing activities can include, but are not limited to, hanging out laundry to dry, setting an outdoor table for an alfresco dinner, bringing out rugs/comforters/coats/etc to air out, hosting a garden party, or better yet an outdoor wedding, etc…

Please keep in mind that the more elaborate/expensive/easily water-damaged your activity, the bigger the downpour. Hope you have found this service announcement useful. Until next time; enjoy the weather.



I could not agree more about picking a spot to dry garlic and Bam!!! Thunderstorm. Hopefully you got a solid inch of rain.

Posted on 13 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

So that’s the trick … I’ve tried everything but the garlic :)

Posted on 13 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’m sooooo sorry but I got a chuckle out of your post. It was so well written. Sorrry. Seriously….I hope you endured no serious damage.
(I mean it….I don’t chuckle easily.)

Posted on 14 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I know I shouldn’t laugh, but this is so funny.

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

So, ya all thing this is funny? Huh? Well do you? Well, I’ll have you know that I just got concrete proof of the whole allium-rain connection. Yesterday I harvested my onions, and yet again I left them to cure in the shade. A couple of hours later, when I had a chance to forget all about them, (you guessed it) a DELUGE! I wish I had the forethought to do weekly succession plantings of onions, to ensure at least a 1/2" of rain per week. As it is, these were the last ones until the Fall. Darn!

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Does it spoil the alliums to get rained on?

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

We have been cold and WET this summer up here. I finally fixed my leaky gutters, just to ensure that it doesn’t rain for the rest of the summer :)

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

@mcav0y- LOL! That’s the ticket!

@anelson- It definitely disrupts the curing process, and they end up more prone to spoiling in storage. Of course, if you just let the bulbs sit in the rain long enough, then they will spoil before they have a chance to cure.

Posted on 18 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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