The Good News: the garden hose allows me to stay in control

The Bad News:  learning to give up said control at the sporadic whim of Mother Nature

Tropical Storm Meari Proves Fatal

Our garden was off to a great start. Giving credit mostly to the moisture in the air and warm weather in Okinawa. Quickly I’m learning that this weather can be a double edged sword. With the close enough to the equator sun on one side and the flood our garden mid-afternoon monsoons on the other.   (Combined with tropical storms and typhoons… don’t forget we live smack dab in the middle of Typhoon Alley!)

Weeks of Drought

Both beds full of potted seeds growing faster than expected.  Proper amounts of sunshine, shade, and hose water daily. The first 2 weeks after planting we had no rain, and we’ve used the hose more often than expected. 

Days of  Wind and Rain

The everyday moisture and humidity is wonderful majority of the time. The rain helps until it floods the pots and the ground underneath.  Then the sun returns in full force soaking up every nutrient the plant was given in a matter of hours.

Due to the fact that I’ve never gardened before, it’s extremely hard for me to tell if the plants are waterlogged under the soil.  If the top soil is the only remaining dry spot or if it’s dry all the way through.  The soil has sunk down and settled into a compact mud that cracks at the first sign of sun.  It feels soft when I push my thumb into the dirt, unfortunately I don’t know what any of it means.  If only I could see what is really going on inside the pots within the soil.

Quickly I’m learning that if not careful this heavy rainfall, followed by high heat can be dangerous and life threatening to our poor little plants.  At the moment it’s just tough to tell what they need. It’s not as simple as wet and dry soil. For now, I’ll need to do some research on how to keep our new garden progressing.