Have you heard? It’s been a little rainy here. It’s rained and rained andrainedandrainedandrainedandrainedandrainedandrainedandrainedandrained. Now usually gardeners don’t complain about rain. But we had the seconded wettest june EVER on record. And it turns out that almost 10 inches of rain in 30 days isn’t great for some parts of my garden…
The biggest losers? The carrots and beets. I planted them back at the end of May and they never germinated. It went from cold and damp to hot, humid, and wet. The seed rotted in the ground. Neil hoed those rows under for me last weekend. If this rain ever lets up July is a great time to plant carrots and beets for fall harvest. If. The. Rain. Ever. Lets. Up.
The other big loser are the leeks. They were planted early, but stay pretty small at first. Weeding the grass from around the leeks turned out to be impossible. Since I couldn’t let the crab grass go to seed that whole row is gone too…
Even my lettuces are struggling. They came up early and we’ve been enjoying super-mega-salads with dinner every night for weeks. But 3/4’s of the way through June we realized that the loose leaf lettuce plants were funneling water right to the base of the stem. Some of the plants got so wet they’re rotted away… Quick! Eat more lettuce so we can thin the rows out faster!
Want some winners? I certainly do after all those depressing losses. How about some garlic and snap peas?
I’ve got PLENTY of both! The garlic is thriving with all this water. And I’ve never seen the dwarf snap peas this tall. They’re actually an even bigger success just because they exist. I took a risk planting them extra early this season. Because I did they germinated before the rain started. No one has any snap peas at the farmers’ markets this year, and when I asked why they told me it is because the ground is too wet for the seed to germinate. Right.
It’s too early to call anything else. The beans managed to germinate in spite of the soggy ground. Squashes just went into the ground. Small, but at least starting them inside means they germinated. Could be a good year for them (hot, lots of water) but only if I can keep the squash bugs at bay. I’m armed with organic pesticide (first time I’ve tried it) but I haven’t applied any yet because it has to be reapplied after heavy rain. Right.