I talked with my husband in Ohio and it is still raining, and quite cool. He heard the farmers have only a small fraction of their fields planted with the corn crop. People aren’t able to keep up with the mowing either, although that is a lesser problem.
There are a number of problems for plants in wet, saturated ground. One is that roots needs air to breather and will actually drown when unable to dry out a little. Another situation is the sappy growth of the stems and leaves can be inviting to insects in their weakened condition. Then there is the increased susceptibility to diseases.
It can be a challenge to our gardens on multiple fronts.
Usually the prevention we attempt in providing good drainage so the water will run off, and the general health of the plants is about all that can be done. Otherwise just watch and wait.
In Ohio we can still get plants in and they will establish before the midsummer heat. I usually think of the last week in June as the very end of the season for planting annuals and new plants.
When I get back home I will be putting together some container pots for summer color.
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© 2010 written for Ilona’s Garden Journal. An excellent blog.