In the UK, if there is one thing we are usually glad to see the back of, it is endless grey, dull days of rain.

Several days of damp weather feel endless. But what we need to remember is just how valuable this rain is to us here in the UK.

It is the ingredient that gives us the green, green grass of home, making our country the lush and pleasant land we know it to be.

But rain isn’t just important to plants and shrubs…

Animals – clearly, rain feeding the land makes for plenty of food for animals to eat but it is also important they drink plenty. Tars, lakes and ponds on mountainsides and in urban landscapes are important watering holes.

Farming – rain is sorely missed when it has not watered crops for a few days. Farmers want a balance of long hours of sunshine and plenty of rain, not a balance is often struck in the UK!

No rainbows – without the rain, there are no rainbows…

How we can use the rain to our advantage

With so much potential locked in every raindrop, it makes sense if you are a keen gardener to make the best use of rain.

Our infographic takes a closer look at what we can do to unlock this potential, reaping the benefits that a good downpour can bring.

As well as collecting rain in butts and harvesters, we can do other things – how about digging over a section of your garden when you know rain is forecast? When the drops do start to tumble, they can help break the soil as well let moisture penetrate the sub-layers of soil too.

After the rain has gone…

After prolonged and heavy rain, you will need to make a few checks on your plants, fruit and vegetables.

Saturated soil can rot some vegetables so to save them, you may need to lift them and re-sow, for example.

Rain is a fabulous and valuable ingredient in making your garden grow. We just need to learn to live with it.

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