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Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

Last post Sun, Aug 10 2008 2:24 PM by leasmom. 9 replies.
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  • Sat, Jun 28 2008 11:02 AM

    Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    Its been raining for weeks without much sun to dry things out in between. I'm worried because a few of my veggies are starting to turn a little brown, like a few collards and green beans. I'm assuming because its not enough nutrition because of the rain. Any advice or comment appreciated.

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  • Sat, Jun 28 2008 11:08 AM In reply to

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    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

     Yes, there is such a thing as too much rain. The culprit could be lack of sunshine than lack of nutrition, though. Also, if the ground is saturated, plants will literally drown. Depending on your type of soil and layout, you may be able to create drainage paths to divert the rain. The only other thing I know to do is pray for sunshine. Smile 

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  • Sat, Jun 28 2008 11:24 AM In reply to

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    Can I put mulch down or a cover with ventiliation so that they can dry out a little?

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  • Sat, Jun 28 2008 11:38 AM In reply to

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    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

     I don't think mulch would help, but if you can cover the area, that might keep the worst of the rain off. They still need sunshine, though, so if you make the cover high enough so sun can get to it when it does shine, that would help. 

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  • Sat, Jun 28 2008 2:19 PM In reply to

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    Too much water can also make the roots rot - mulch would just make that worse, as it would hold the moisture in.  A tarp high enough to be taller than the tallest plant, angled so that water drains off out of the garden area, but still lets in the sun when it's out, might help - the roots wouldn't be as soggy, which could help.  If you don't have a tarp, the cheapest way to get a sturdy one is to go to an Army/Navy store and buy a waterproof groundcloth; those things last forever.  You can buy a really cheap plastic paint spatter sheet, but they're very flimsy; you'll pay more for a heavier one, but it will last a lot longer - you can buy those at any place that sells paint.  If you have any PVC pipe laying around, it makes great supports for all sorts of things; otherwise, you can buy rebar in assorted lengths cheap at most home improvement stores - but wear gloves; it rusts, and will stain your hands orange.  You can also get garden stakes, which are basically rebar dipped in rubber or plastic - depending on your area, those are sometimes cheaper than rebar, but often not as thick, so they break more easily.

    Good luck!

  • Sun, Jun 29 2008 8:54 AM In reply to

    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    I went out today and checked. I have two cucumbers that are shriveled up. I see alot of stress on them. Even the ones in the ground are stressed. The ones in the raised garden seem to be less stressed but they probably would be the first to rot because of very little runoff. It does runoff but because its enclosed it traps the moisture more. As I'm typing it looks like its gonna rain...ugh. And it looks like its gonna be this way nearly every day. I have the tarp, I just need to get the rebar or garden stakes and I can't do that until tomorrow.

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  • Wed, Jul 2 2008 9:51 AM In reply to

    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    yes, too much of a good thing.

    This is especially bad for a clay soil...it turns the soil to tar like muck and when it dries it becomes like cement.

    I think Pat had some good ideas.

    I have a partial clay area in my sandy garden....the plants nevr get very big because of root bound, or root rot.

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  • Wed, Jul 2 2008 10:19 AM In reply to

    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    Fortunately we've had sun the past two days now...yippee!!! I also planted almost all of my veggies except for the hot peppers using epsom salt to prevent rot and I think its working cause only about three plants turned yellowish, everything else stayed green. Now if it would only rain like once a week that would be good.

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  • Sun, Aug 10 2008 9:52 AM In reply to

    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    yes!

    blossom-end rot affects cukes and zucchini and summer squash when it's too wet too long; tomatoes succumb to molds and the dreaded verticillum wilt, and disease can run rampant when you have so much chilly wet weather and not enough sun. We have had two weeks nearly of unseasonably chilly rainy weather here in Maine and I am one of the few whose tomatoes haven't suffered, but I think that may be because they are really, really strong because of being grown in organic compost raised beds. But if this keeps up, they are in danger.

    So in addition to root rot and the like (which doesn't pose much of a threat if your soil is well-drained and never compacted by stepping on it, another advantage of raised beds) the constant wet gives rise to molds and mildews, slugs, and all manner of plant diseases.

    All we can do is remove anything that even has the beginnings of disease immediately, clear some space between plants, and hope for the best, or harvest and pickle immature produce if you think it won't last to ripen. Best wishes, we are in the same boat!

  • Sun, Aug 10 2008 2:24 PM In reply to

    Re: Is there a such thing as too much rain for vegetables??? Should I be concerned?

    Yeah, it's the 10th of August and it feels like the first two weeks of October...I pulled my zucchini and cukes...I still have the one yellow squash hoping it will finally produce. The rest did produce, mostly small ones but I am using them...I did have a few nice sized ones but the weather is so strange, when it finally stopped raining, it was only 2 months of sun and now the leaves are falling...in August and its cold. So, I am glad I already have the fall/winter planted and will be planting more...seems like the fall/winter is what is going to be a better yield.

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