Do you like rainy days?

Chances are, if you live in the desert Southwest, you rejoice when the clouds roll in, and the rain begins to fall.


After the rain stops, have you ever noticed that plants look fresher and a brighter shade of green?

If so, it’s not your imagination.  The rain actually fertilizes your plants.


Take a moment and think back to your days in high school when you learned that the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of oxygen and nitrogen.

When rain falls, it brings some of the nitrogen down from the atmosphere straight to plants.  This form of nitrogen is easily absorbed by plants and fertilizes them as well as the soil.

How cool is that?


So the next time you enjoy a rainy day, it’s nice to know that your plants do too!
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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