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.