Technology is a wonderful thing. It has brought the world closer together than it has ever been. Has but the information of the world at our fingertips. It has also allowed companies like ours; Mankin and Sons Gardens, to help the people of Abilene, the Big Country, and the world have a better experience in their outdoor activities. That doesn’t mean that technology always works. I once had a technology teacher that reminded me that technology is great and always works, except when you REALLY need it to. That is why we have been delayed with this week’s blog post. WordPress, the software we use to run our site, had an upgrade to the system last week and it affected our ability to publish new content for a week or so. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope this blog post will be just as helpful and we will be back on our schedule next week.
With all that has been going on with the website and the weather in the Abilene area, we thought it would be a fun idea to not have a central theme in this week’s post. For instance, we focused last week on flour sack towels. We just wanted to share a few notes that will help you in dealing with the large amounts of rain we have had here in Texas.
There is such a thing as TOO much water
This is actually one of the more interesting things to think about. When you learn about growing plants in grade school, you learn about how water helps keep the plant alive and how the sun helps it grow, but you don’t always talk about how too much water could be really bad for your plants and yard. The truth is with as much rain as we have had in the Big Country this week, you should probably not water your yard for a week or so. Most sod is graded to absorb about 1” of water per week. So be sure to let your yard dry out a little bit before restarting your water routine. If you have begonia flowers you should also keep an eye on them when it rains because too much water can really affect them.
Make sure water has a place to go
If you build your garden by yourself be sure you have created a way for water to leave the area. You may want to build it with a slight angle or have a trench for the water to disperse. Of course, we would love to come help create a beautiful landscape design for you and you would not have worry about anything!!
You should also make sure that if you have flower beds near your home that the water runs away from the house and not towards because standing water is not good for the foundation of your home.
Now is the perfect time to plant!
All of that being said now is the best time to come to Mankin and Sons Gardens and pick out some beautiful seeds or other plants and get them planted. The ground has now had time to thoroughly warm up and with the rains that we have had the ground is soft and moist which can help make planting easier. Also, be sure to ask someone at the store about the best soil to plant in because they have extra food and other good stuff to help your plants grow!!
Come on down to Mankin and Sons Gardens and we can help you understand how this much water can affect your plants and what you can do to help them grow as beautiful as possible. We can’t wait to see you!!