The Q&A Archives: Flooded vegetable garden

Question: Rain left my vegetables under 2 inches of water and hundreds of centerpeeds. I now have a dead, unplanted area to make a new bed. Should I transfer or how can I save the old bed?

Answer: Flooded soils can suffocate the roots of your plants so if the soil always floods after a rain, you'll probably want to move your plants to a higher and drier garden spot. You may need to amend the garden bed with organic matter to help it drain faster, or install a curtain drain to divert the excess water so the bed doesn't flood. Or, add some topsoil to make the garden bed a higher level than the rest of the yard so the roots stay out of the soggy soil. If none of these remedies are things you can do, you can always plant your veggies in containers or in above ground planter boxes. Good luck with your vegetables!

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