Too Much of a Good Thing
May was a wet month with 15.6 inches of rain… most of it coming in the last 10 days. It is still raining and is supposed to continue for another week. The pool and my fountain have run over repeatedly, and my garden is way too wet.
Holes for Drainage
When the new raised garden boxes were built, holes were drilled into the bottoms of the containers.
The holes were drilled into the bottom to allow the water to run through. It prevents pooling in the bottom.
However, when it rains all day and all night for days on end, and the sun shines very little during that time, the soil is still too wet. This causes injury to the different plants in my garden.
Water-filled Bell Peppers
The red and yellow bell pepper plants are full of peppers that are beginning to change color, but peppers cannot stay on the plant until they have ripened completely.
Too much rain has caused several of the peppers to rot hanging on the plant. They look okay, but when touched, the bottom falls away and the water collected on the inside drains out. To save the peppers, I am picking them as soon as they show a little color.
If I can’t catch them soon enough to keep the bottoms from going soft, I will begin picking them green. Green peppers are just as good and way better than having them rot on the plant.
Too much moisture causes a fungus to develop on the squash and zucchini leaves and causes any new squash to rot before they are even two inches long.
Too much rain causes the skins to split even on tomatoes just approaching ripeness.
Even the tiny yellow pear tomatoes have splitting skins.
The split skins do not ruin the tomatoes if they are picked and used right away. There are too few tomatoes to merit canning them, so I have made pasta sauce and salsa. I’ve given away a lot of tomatoes, too.
Since it is supposed to rain all next week, I will have even more. An old friend sent me a recipe for tomato soup. I’ve never made my own, but I am going to try it. I don’t want any of my veggies to go to waste.