We got back from our third trip this summer. Like the previous one, it was just a few days but that is still enough for me to get behind in the garden. This post will cover three things, first up is rain.
While away, a pretty big rain storm came through. This made for a good test of my rain sensor accuracy experiment. At the end of July, I bought a cheap ($4) rain gauge while at Home Depot. I’m interested in getting some additional data points from which to compare the the weather station. While I know I cannot use either as ‘truth’ data, it still should be useful to gather and review the data. So, how did they compare in the big rain?
The Ambient Weather WS-2080 Rain Sensor recorded rain so far this month at 2.93 inches. With the bulk of that coming Aug 8th (2.28 in). As for the manual rain gauge, you can see what it recorded during the same time period in the image below. To me, I say that looks like just about 3.4 inches of rain. At this point, all I know is that they do not agree. Perhaps one is more accurate than the other. Perhaps one works better in hard downpours (which it looks like we had) and the other may be better at recording the steady or intermittent rains. who knows. I’ll keep both out there for a while longer and see if more data can clear up the discrepancy.
Before leaving on our trip, I posted that the sunflowers were just about ready to bloom. I am happy to report that in the three days of being away, they have indeed bloomed. I am still waiting on the alpha (tallest and biggest) plant to bloom. Once the they have all emerged, I’ll get the measuring tape out again (and maybe the step ladder too) and see how large the heads are.
As a result of the heavy rains, the soil around the carrots was very loose. So much so that we could just pull the carrots out without the need to dig around them first. So, the great Burns Carrot Harvest of 2013 was held. This year I got help from a number of neighborhood girls (and one boy) to join in the festivities.
She could barely wait for me to get one washed before picking her favorite for a quick snack. After her sample, she gave the thumbs up for this years crop.