|Toadland with Portulaca|
I've spent the time between the rainstorms shoring up stems weighed down by water, picking produce before it splits or rots, deadheading to keep the large spent flowers from breaking down the main stems and scattering slimey petals everywhere.
I think one of the main reasons my zucchini have been such a success this year is that I've been able to remove every flower before it began to rot. The earth under the plants has been dry and rot free. I haven't had to cut out a single leaf and most years I would be pulling out entire plants by now before they were taken over by mildew.
|The pristine zucchini jungle|
My Petunias have been beautiful because rain always ruins Petunia blooms. Instead I've been able to water under the stems protecting the blooms.
|These volunteer Portulaca coordinates with the Petunias|
Yields have been good. The refrigerator is chock full of cucumbers and the tomatoes, although a little later than usual, are ripening now.
|Tomatoes, Zucchini and Cucumbers|
|A large and beautiful Cantaloupe|
Tim has been monitoring the drainage and alleviating floods day and night. Even though the garden beds are in no danger of flooding, I've been doing maintenance to preserve the plants for the coming sunny days. Luckily there has been no wind because wind and heavy rain combined will topple just about any supports. We have rain forecast for several more days. Soon we will be longing for some sunshine.