We have not had much rain so far this summer so when the weather predicted rain last week everyone was excited. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing-too many fudge brownies and you get a tummy ache, too many good books and the housework never gets done, too many sewing projects and you get totally frazzled, and too much rain reaks havoc on a garden. . .
The rain started last week and then we had a couple of dry days but it has been raining for 3 days now. During a break in the raindrops today I went out to check on things and it was not a pretty sight.
Our carrots were swimming-I had to pull them up prematurely and I doubt we will be able to use them at all. We had a second crop of carrots that were about 3 weeks old and they were planted in the self-watering planters (described in here). Self-watering means the water sits under the plant and when it rains from the top the whole container gets full.
These carrots were lost also.
Note to self-keep the newest carrot baby plants, which are also in self-watering containers, on the porch so they won’t get flooded!! These containers really work great as long as they are kept out of the rain. I only have to add water, from the bottom not the top, every 3-4 weeks.
The wind whipped up yesterday when we were under a tornado warning and bent and turned all the zucchini, squash and pumpkins. They may survive since they were well established but I did secure the bigger ones with tomato cages just to be safe.
We were keeping our compost in a big bucket and had another bucket on top of it, supposedly to keep it dry. It rained so hard that I now have a bucket full of stinky mud! YUK!!! I think this will just be dumped and we will start over.
I did take advantage of the soft ground from all the rain and planted some lavender seeds in the ground. I have been told lavender is hard to grow from seed so I am not expecting much, but at least the ground was soft and it only took a few minutes to plant them.
We are expecting more rain this weekend so I certainly hope we see a little sunshine before then, my garden hopes so too!