There are some good things to come out of all this rain, you know you really have to look on the bright side…..Ugh, who am I kidding. I loved cool rainy days, but I’ve had enough of this. I was so lucky to film Digging with Doug early yesterday morning before we had another hail episode. Can you ever remember a spring with so much hail or rain for that matter?
I feel bad for farmers, gardeners and garden centers who have all been affected by the weather. I talked to one gardener who hasn’t been able to get anything in the garden.
With a season like this, I’m blessed to be growing in raised beds. The early spring greens are loving every minute of this weather. The beds look like a miniature tropical forest.
Moving hostas has been a good job for gray days as they also thrive on this weather. As soon as it warms up the slugs will benefit from the fat juicy leaves.
I came home the other day from the plant swap and I was right out in the garden to move plants like the hostas. Many had lingered in the wrong spot for years. For someone with a short attention span (like mine), when I see something that needs done, I know I better do it or the plant will sit for another two seasons.
Since the soil can’t be turned right now, the key is to put compost on top and plant directly in the organic matter.
I moved some Japanese painted ferns and ligularia ‘Brit Marie Crawford,’ along with some other perennials that enjoy our spring monsoon.
Some other plants that love this wet weather include sedges, willows, clumping bamboo and grasses.
Remember to throw some more seed of cool weather crops like lettuce in the garden to keep the harvest coming. I planted this mixed salad blend a week ago. The harvest on these will begin in a few weeks with tiny thinnings.
There are two fungicides that I use in the garden. Serenade works for most plants to stop fungal diseases. The Cornell Mixture is a homemade concoction that stops powdery mildew and black spot on roses. In a gallon of water mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of horticultural oil (found at any nursery) and one drop of dish soap. This mixture is put in a sprayer and applied to the plants BEFORE signs of damage show up. That’s the most important thing about dealing with fungal diseases. There are certain plants like roses and tomatoes that hate cool wet weather and will almost surely have fungal issues.