The official recorded rainfall yesterday in Indianapolis was 2.2 inches, but in my own rain gauge, I measured closer to 3 inches of rain. The 2.2 inches set a new record for rain on August 20th, the old record was 1.63 inches set in 1924.
It would have been nice to have spread the rain out over the entire day instead of a few hours late in the afternoon, but I am not complaining. I am very happy to have the rain, even all at once. Happy, happy, happy.
Before yesterday's rain, I had decided that the only way I was going to get rid of those non-blooming forsythia pictured above was to practice gardening time management. Insteading of finding an entire day with nothing to do and spending it cutting these shrubs out all at once, I am cutting them out fifteen minutes at a time, which is how much time it takes to fill one bag with a bunch of forsythia branches.
I started on Sunday, filling one bag, and then filled another bag this evening. However, now that it has rained, I should probably do some weeding, while the weeding is easy, instead of cutting out this forysthia.
Yes, I still plan to shred up all the forsythia branches. However, shredding all this up is going to take more than fifteen minutes so putting the branches in bags for now just makes it easier to move them around and contain them until I find a block of time to do the shredding.
It's Healthy to Get Dirty and Other Health Benefits of Gardening.
I did a little blog-hopping this evening and ended up reading about how getting dirty leads to well-being. I also noted that Carolyn Gail posted about how you can stay in shape by weeding and gardening.
I'm telling you, this gardening is a good thing and has so many benefits, I'm going to keep doing it! I'm in it for the long haul.
How about you other garden bloggers, are you going to stick with this gardening, too?