190 days without rain

01 Nov

April 24, 2014 was the last rain here at Rancho Reinheimer in Arroyo Grande CA until last night, halloween, October 31, 2014 when it dropped 1.85 inches. Showers are continuing today, bringing us up over 2 inches for the storm. That’s already 1/3 of last winter’s total rainfall.

Rain is great fertilizer here. Maybe it’s the extra nitrogen in the water that accumulates as it falls through the atmosphere. Maybe it’s the lack of salts, chlorine and dissolved minerals that’s in our irrigation water (we don’t have a well — we have to use treated city water on the garden). The trees, the frogs, the birds are all out celebrating today. Termites are taking the opportunity to spread their wings and fly away in droves on the fresh breeze.