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Re: [penn-permaculture] 2014, the year of the WET

From: Philip W.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:04 AM
Schlep in buckets of finished bokashi where your water pools.  Every time I've got a water problem, it typically means there's too much clay locally, so it then gets the bucket.

On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM, joy <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Permies!

How about this lovely winter weather? I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some SUN! Which, unfortunately, ties into the topic of this email: RAIN.

I've been following my almanac with an eagle eye this year, and so far, it has been spot-on for every flurry, sprinkle and snow storm. Having said that, I've been looking forward towards  what the predictions for the rest of the year will be, and we have... RAIN. Not intermittent, not just humid, but soggy, humid, hot, slimey buckets full of water ALL YEAR ALL THE TIME.
It looks like there will be about one weekend a month when it isn't raining, with some kind of rain and/or stickiness pretty much the rest of the month. Lots of tropical storm and hurricane warnings for our region, too.

So... I've been thinking about my garden.
The many feet of snow have already drowned out some of the dormant perennials in my container garden, and I've been observing the low-lying areas prone to pooling on my new deck.
I just moved, and this year I'll have a garden in the ground and one on a deck that will extend up to the next story fire escape. According to the predictions, there will be a lot of dripping from the 2nd and 3rd story gardens that I'll have to consider, the pooling on the deck floor will warrant raised containers so they don't drown,  I'll need to add compost more frequently as the nutrients will be washed away, and I'll have to drill extra drainage holes to make sure that I don't take on too much more weight by water on the deck (one gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds!)
I may even rig a retractable clear plastic tarp to extend over the garden if it becomes just too wet, so the sun can still shine through.

I'm a veteran container gardener, but gardening in the ground will be new territory for me. One of the blessings of container gardening is that there are a lot less pests, like slugs, so, I guess I'll have to prepare for extra vistors in my new garden, too.

Overall, I'll be looking to add some more rain-tolerant strains of veggies and herbs to both gardens, for diversity and insurance, but I'd love to hear any tricks and tips the rest of you might have concerning an overabundance of H20 in ground-based gardens.

If we're lucky, the almanac will make a left turn, and we'll have many lovely sunny days for the rest of the year.  :)


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