A wet growing season can make it a real challenge to keep your backyard garden producing. Rain makes for slow-growing vegetables and fast-growing weeds. While rain is a much-required element for a good garden, too much of it can be a real hindrance. While the rain has slowed in most parts of the world, the spring growing season will be upon us again in no time, and with it, the potential for a LOT of rain. Here are some tips for keeping your garden in tip-top shape, even during times of heavy rain.
One of the biggest threats that rain can bring to your home garden is flooding. If your plants sit in standing water for too long it can rot out the roots, leaving you with a bunch of nasty, dead vegetables. Take steps to provide proper drainage throughout your garden by way of trenching, rock beds, etc.
If a big storm comes through, take the time after it passes to check your plants for damage. Prune any damaged leaves and steak heavier plants if they’ve been bent in heavy winds. If the stem has been broken, that plant is probably doomed. Leaving it can invite bacteria and fungus, which could spread to other, healthy plants.
A good deluge can wash away valuable nutrients from the soil around your plants. After a good rain, throw down a little more fertilizer and compost to help replenish the nutrients your plants need.
One of the biggest issues you’ll have in your garden during the rainy season is weeds. Weeds can quickly take over and choke out your other plants. The threats don’t just stop with your plants, either. Moist soil and standing water will bring in slugs, which your plants will hate, and mosquitos, which you will hate. Remove any containers that could collect water after a rainstorm.
The good news is that wet weather does have a few natural advantages. First, those aforementioned weeds will be much easier to yank out of wet soil than dry, and certain plants will do very well in the wet weather (like zucchinis).