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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jun 13, 2016 6:13 AM CST
Sorry for hogging all your knowledge!

I've got some younger plants outside in the garden. Not really that young, toddlers, preteens? Lol. Carrots, cilantro, basil are the main ones that did this. Had some heavy rain last night and those little plants were laying flat in the garden this morning. If I weren't around to pick them up and push more dirt around their stems, would they all have died? That was a lot of busy work this morning and I'm still not sure they will all stay alive. I hope it doesn't rain again while I'm at work! Is there something people do normally in gardens to protect from this?
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 13, 2016 7:14 AM CST
as long as the roots are in soil and the leaves exposed, they should pick themselves up. They can be amazingly resilient. And you can only do so much.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 13, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Welcome to Garden.org, @robynanne !

I agree with sally, unless they get really pushed down into the mud they should pop back up. I do generally put some "floating row cover" (Reemay, Agribon, etc) over areas where small seeds in particular are planted; it helps keep the seeds from getting washed out of place in a rainstorm, as well as giving the tiny seedlings a little protection.
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Jun 13, 2016 8:25 AM CST
I only lift up the ones that might get seriously held down by the mud. And I also cover any exposed roots. The rest should take care of themselves. And you're not hogging all the knowledge - you are sharing the knowledge - as most gardeners do! Hurray!
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jun 13, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Thank you!

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