Rather than waiting until I washed my car, the rain decided to hit last night right after I watered the plants. Then this morning before leaving for work, I noticed the strangest thing: the plants seem to have grown more than I would have expected in a single overnight period.
This lead me to wondering what caused it. Was it the additional water? Was it the way rain soaks in versus the way water from the hose does? Was it the less mineral-heavy water from the rain versus the mineral-rich tap water at my home?
I wish I had the time and energy to experiment to find out what, exactly, the details were. But corn always seems to look bigger after a good rain.