Asked on May 8, 2017

How do you keep gardens dry with so much rain?

DfmNancy TurnerHillela G.

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  • Hillela G.
    on May 8, 2017

    When you're dealing with a rainy season, limit irrigation so that you don't end up double watering and drowning your plants.
    And, after a rain, try not to walk in the mud of your garden. Consider putting down mulch between rows of plants. Or, walk on boards or similar materials in your garden when the dirt is soaked instead of traipsing through the mud and adding to soil compaction.
    Also, avoid digging in wet soil. Wait until it has dried out before working in your garden
    And, Wet weather brings out an abundance of slugs that will feed on both living and decaying plants. You can handpick slugs or set up traps to get rid of them. University of Minnesota Extension suggests drowning slugs in soapy water, smash them, spray them with 5 or 10 percent diluted ammonia or even pour fermented food into a container that will lure and kill them.
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 8, 2017

    There is no way to keep them dry, unless you totally enclose them, which isn't a good idea. Nature is nature and there is no way around it. Just make sure that your garden is able to drain and not below the level of the ground around it and any edging you have down isn't causing the water to pool and not drain.
  • Dfm
    on May 9, 2017

    in my currant location, I have trenched around a garden bed and have the water directed to a swale- small temporary pond that will let the soil absorb water, and keep it away from the foundation of my house.
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