Flooding and Your Gardens!

Wet Feet

The University of Kentucky has just released a new publication entitled “Wet Feet of Ornamentals”.  “Wet feet” is the common term for a condition that affects plant species intolerant of wet growing conditions.  This problem occurs when soils become saturated with water for prolonged periods, injuring roots.  Once root damage occurs, plants decline and may eventually die.  Wet soils also provide ideal conditions for many root and collar rot pathogens.

This newly revised and expanded publication addresses the identification of “wet feet,” possible causes, and management strategies.  Also included are tables listing common woody plants that are tolerant and those that are intolerant of “wet feet” conditions.

Download this article for free:  http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/plantpathology/ext_files/PPFShtml/PPFS-OR-W-4.pdf

March 2016:

There’s been a lot of rain lately, and some parts of the Midwest and South have been absolutely deluged.  Here’s some links to information on dealing with floods.

Most of the above information assumes that you’ve already planted your garden.  Fortunately, most of us haven’t done much more than plant a few peas or lettuce transplants.  Also, much of the food safety information is based on areas where rivers or sewers overflow.

Remember to stay off of, and do not till, wet soil.  We will wind up with lots of compaction, which will cause poor root growth for the rest of the season.  Many plants will not grow in soggy soil, and if they don’t die, will just sit there and refuse to develop.  It would be better to plant later than usual, than to plant too early in these wet soils.