Welcome to San Francisco, the bayou by the bay

As you might have heard, we’ve been having some crazy weather events here, ranging from light rain, heavy rain, pouring rain, driving rain, gusty rain, thunder storms, frosts at night and memorably, a pounding hail storm.

This winter had already NOT been one of the years where I have a small thriving winter greens garden, due to time constraints and the fact that even before the heavens starting opening up in December, took a break, and then decided to keep pissing down in January- we were unseasonably cold. Even the greenhouse couldn’t maintain proper temperatures for some of my sensitive plants, to say nothing of seed starting- so I decided to scrap concentrated winter gardening, focus on moving the greenhouse to a better sunnier spot, and planning for Spring.

Well I can still do one of those things.

RIP my greenhouse.

A hole opened up during the major deluge, and then the hail storm finished the poor bastard off. We had enough warning that I could move the few scraps of things I’d like to keep alive, so don’t worry- my peanut cactus is still here, as is a few fuchsia cuttings I’m struggling to keep going.

The rest of the garden looks like the forest primeval.

On the one hand, this is a good thing. I’ve been planning some changes, and digging out a few beds IN the ground, as opposed to raised beds, and the added soil moisture can only aid my planting to come.

On the other hand I’m essentially going to be drowning in cheeseweed, and several parts of my marionberry vines got knocked off the fence and into the ground, which of course now means I’ve got a ticking clock going because if I fail to dig those out soon, I’ll basically have feral marionberries forever.

Also, just don’t talk to me about Oxalis. Just don’t. I don’t want to hear it ok? I know.

Also mushrooms. Which is cool I guess, because it points to good soil health and all that jazz.

The most important thing I managed to save isn’t one thing per se but hundreds. I tarped my worm bin, and fed my little squirmies extra newspaper to absorb all the excess water they were going to get, tarp or no. A cursory check has shown lots of happy red wigglers, and loads of new castings. So a small victory here.

Lots of victories really- my gentian sage is starting to regrow, so hopefully I’ll have beautiful flowers for Spring.

My greatest success is the wild broccoli rabe. It’s a biennial, and I’ve been taking care of it all last year in preparation for this one. And here it comes! The first tender shoots of rapini! It shows that not all was lost in the storms, and if anything some things were helped by the rain.

Because let’s be honest here. California is in a drought and a bad one. We’re still in one- but the sheer volume of water dumped on us over the past month has really helped out chances of crawling out of it. Over decades this might be a blip- but it means THIS year is going to start on a good note.

On the other hand, I think I’m cursed cardoon wise. Nothing will kill these things-and nothing will stop them. I ripped them out by the root and then it rained.

I’m just going to embrace it. There’s no other way. Send me cardoon recipes I guess- I’m going to need them!

3 thoughts on “Welcome to San Francisco, the bayou by the bay

  1. Goodness! I did not mean to ignore your posts for so long. I can not remember the last time I saw one. I sort of flip through them nowadays. I had not watched the weather in San Francisco, but I know how it was here. Oh my! At least we did not get much hail.

    1. Oh I had to take a posting break! You missed nothing. I have a new job, and as mentioned, I had to take a step back from the winter garden. But it warms my heart that after taking so much time off you’re my first commenter! I’m gonna try hard to keep blogging this year- if only to document some exciting new ideas in my garden.

      1. Oh, I saw that you took a break, but I had not seen anything in a looooooong time. I get it though. I mostly discontinued both my blogs, but some who see it do not notice, since old articles get recycled.

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