April Showers OK, But This Is Ridiculous
When she emailed me the photo below, Judy asked if this is what they mean by an island bed.
The Chicago area got 5″ of rain last night. Rain continued through the day, and more heavy rain is expected tonight. Streets and basements are flooded – though thankfully our own basement has been OK so far.
It’s hard to complain about too much moisture after last year’s horrendous drought – but come on! Can’t we have a little moderation in the weather department, not just drought and deluge?
I’ve actually been away all week, and will be returning home tomorrow. I’ll be seriously aggravated if the soil is too wet for me to get into the garden this weekend. Working soggy soil is a big no-no, it ruins the soil structure and just walking on wet soil can result in compaction.
Plus, I’m expecting a shipment of plants from Bluestone Perennials by Saturday!
The other thing to worry about is that the roots of some plants will start to rot if kept in saturated soil for a long period. Fortunately, a lot of my plants are water lovers – Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Many others are growing in freely-draining raised beds.
Are you being overwhelmed by April showers this year?