Friday, June 28, 2013

Gardening - Correcting Drainage Issues

I have been planting in this small garden bed behind the house for a few years with great results, this year however, we have had an abundance of rain here on the East Coast. It was causing the bed to flood just below the overhang of our home. The leaves of my pepper plants were yellowing rapidly and falling off on account of all the access moisture, a far cry from the dry heat they enjoy. With Canada Day weekend approaching and 4 - 5 more days of heavy rainfall, I knew I had to act quickly if I wanted any peppers this year.

The only digging tool I had that wasn't so large that it would destroy the roots of neighboring plants was a tablespoon. I realize how this sounds. I also realize how I must have looked to observers, digging up my garden bed with a spoon. The trench I dug is approximate 1 foot deep and 5 inches wide and is exactly where all the water was collecting. I then transported smaller rocks that I had collected from the large garden plot out back and placed them in the trench.

I am proud to announce that it has been raining all day and there is no water pooling in that bed at all. The entire job only took me about 30 minutes.


  1. Gardening certainly has to be a labour of love. To toil the way you did with a spoon takes a lot of love and patience. Glad to hear you succeeded. I live near Ottawa and we are contending with the same conditions. I haven`t been able to cut my lawn due to the constant wet conditions. Thank you for sharing your helpful gardening tip.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping in Shelly! I lived in Nepean as a teenager, in Bells Corner, very close to Ottawa. I hope things get a little dryer out your way! :D