Just before the rain started I was talking to someone about our 'impending doom' (aka 7-8 months of rain). I said, "you'd think we would come up with something to do when it's raining". She replied, "yes, but I just like being outside." She's right, "fun" activities inside all winter and spring just don't have the same appeal of being outside, or even working outside.
When I was younger, I spent a few years working outside in the rain. I got used to rain gear, gloves and boots. I don't mind getting my hair wet, but at some point you end up slogging in the mud and it's not much fun.
Since that conversation, I had an idea about a place where we could garden year-round. I admit, I have a lot of ideas, most require funding and business know-how, maybe I'll find a venture capitalist or anonymous benefactor. Who knows, anything is possible. So I'll share it here. I love rain gardens, so while thinking about this I decided that would be a great name for the place I've got in mind.
Rain Gardens ~
a nursery, community garden, meeting place, bookstore, espresso stand/cafe, gift shop designed to be used in the rain. It would include: indoor areas, outdoor areas, covered patios, rain barrels, rain gardens, container gardens. It would be a place where my friend and I would love to spend time during the winter, spring, even in June. Space to plan, test, research, garden, and of course - shop.
It is what my tiny covered lower deck and 5' wide yard have to offer - being outside, breathing fresh air, and enjoying a garden (minus the espresso stand).
after writing about my container lettuce,
Kabrina went out on the deck, noticed her cucumbers were gone
and decided to try the lettuce herself.