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Old 12-13-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: One foot in CT one in KS
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I don't mind rain at all having spent 6 years in Juneau. However here we have a very viscous clay soil that sticks to shoes/boots so much that I've had a good 3" on my soles before I did much in the way of work. We avoid being out in the rain. It tears up the ground, makes a muddy mess and we don't get that much accomplished. There is a "sweet spot" a few days after rains where the ground beneath the dried crust is still malleable and we use those days to pull weeds. In AK with their silty soils, gardening in the rain was an enjoyable activity.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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We had some slugs there, too, not as large as in the PNW, but we also had rattlesnakes. There is nothing better to get your blood moving on a cool morning than picking up the end of a piece of cardboard that's blown into your yard, only to find what you think is a rattlesnake under it. Then comes that haha, very funny moment when you realize it's not a rattlesnake after all, and you lift the cardboard up to throw it in the trash and behind that snake is another snake - a real rattler this time, and he rattles his rattles at you.

When I climbed down off the telephone pole, I decided gardening in the California hills wasn't for sissies, and since I was obviously a big sissy, why was I gardening?
Yikes! Rattlesnakes! We get garter snakes and rat snakes, and that is about it. The rat snakes can grow quite large (6-7 feet) and will attack if they are cornered. The garter snakes are kinda cute, once I get over the startle response of running into one! Some parts of NJ have copperheads and I have seen water moccasins at lakes around here, but not in my yard, TG.
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Water moccasins! There's another snake I'd climb a telephone pole to get away from!
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I don't mind rain at all having spent 6 years in Juneau. However here we have a very viscous clay soil that sticks to shoes/boots so much that I've had a good 3" on my soles before I did much in the way of work. We avoid being out in the rain. It tears up the ground, makes a muddy mess and we don't get that much accomplished. There is a "sweet spot" a few days after rains where the ground beneath the dried crust is still malleable and we use those days to pull weeds. In AK with their silty soils, gardening in the rain was an enjoyable activity.
Yes, our clay soil makes it impossible to do much when it is raining here. A light mist - sure, but not if there is actual rain.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yikes! Rattlesnakes! We get garter snakes and rat snakes, and that is about it. The rat snakes can grow quite large (6-7 feet) and will attack if they are cornered. The garter snakes are kinda cute, once I get over the startle response of running into one! Some parts of NJ have copperheads and I have seen water moccasins at lakes around here, but not in my yard, TG.
There are rattlesnakes in New Jersey, but you'll probably never see one. People look for them and can't often find one.

Wildlife Field Guide for New Jersey's Endangered and Threatened Species - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Gardening in the rain? No, I don't enjoy that. If it's hot enough to want to get wet, it's just more humid after it rains. I'll weed the next day.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I won't say that I particularly enjoy gardening in the rain, thugh I don't mind it at all in a light rain and there are things that get done better in overcast and rain. So... I enjoy gardening, and if it is raining, I guess I DO enjoy gardening in the rain.
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