Having this much rain here is great for the trees. I would venture to guess that the ground water reserve has been thoroughly replenished by now. Since I've heard predictions of an El Niño forming late this year, an upcoming drought is highly likely. With all the rain now, the trees should do just fine through the drought. It's a relief knowing that all my fruit trees should do fine. Toting water to them all would be quite a chore.
The rain has also made all my new plantings successful. I have been able to just put cuttings into the ground and pretty much walk away. Almost every sugar cane cutting has rooted. Same with the sweet potatoes, ti, taro, hibiscus, and assorted others. This year I don't have to pamper new banana trees. Every fruit tree took without extra care.
I built two new hugelkultur type beds, lining the bottoms with logs and branches. So this rain will give the wood a good steady, slow soaking. That's excellent for hugelkultur beds.
But all this rain has its downsides. Soggy ground that's slippery. Water laying in spots in the pastures. Sheep tracks actually getting muddy.....a first for the homestead. Water puddles in the driveway that seldom dry up. The toads have set up permanent housekeeping! And parasite problems with the sheep and goat. I've resorted to deworming them every 20 days.
Another downside.....hubby is sick of it. He's tired of the wet.
Major downside.....very little sun. When you're homestead operates on an off grid solar electric system, that's a big deal. Luckily we expanded the system this past year, so we don't have to resort to running the generator every day. But we are having to run it more often than usual.
But am I complaining about it raining? No! Not really because the opposite is worse. Drought.