Too Much Rain?

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Re: Too Much Rain?

Postby SPH » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:10 pm

CottageFarm wrote:One more thought... do you use any weed/feed type products on your lawn?


I haven't on this lawn yet. I'm very careful if I do not to use the clippings once I have. I'm still skeptical about it being disease but I'll spray some fungicide to be on the safe side. Just based on the kind of weather we had when these plants went south I'm still leaning more towards too much moisture, it was VERY soggy for some time. The soil literally got to a point it couldn't hold much more water and even the lawn made squishy noises when you walked on it
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Re: Too Much Rain?

Postby CottageFarm » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:32 pm

SPH wrote:
CottageFarm wrote:One more thought... do you use any weed/feed type products on your lawn?


I haven't on this lawn yet. I'm very careful if I do not to use the clippings once I have. I'm still skeptical about it being disease but I'll spray some fungicide to be on the safe side. Just based on the kind of weather we had when these plants went south I'm still leaning more towards too much moisture, it was VERY soggy for some time. The soil literally got to a point it couldn't hold much more water and even the lawn made squishy noises when you walked on it


I didn't think so, but I figured it was best to rule it out as a possibility.
The fungicide won't hurt the plant. It may not help it either, but it's the approach I would use under the circumstances.
I had a bad bout with blight 2 years ago. I lost about 90 tomato plants out of close to 200 planted. The fungicide saved about another 30 plants, although production was noticeably reduced on those plants. Good luck, I hope they come back for you!!
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Re: Too Much Rain?

Postby SPH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:25 pm

An update on this, so 1 of the 3 pepper plants survived as did the cherry tomato plant. Never sprayed any fungicide on any of it and they both were pretty healthy this summer. Transplanted another tomato plant in the same spot as the one that died, it too grew just fine, July was a pretty dry month here... That is until we got dumped with a ton of rain again in August where we got around 4.5" in a 48 hour time span to go with some other storms that made things pretty soggy around here once again. Lost the tomato plant again as well as the pepper plant. At least got a few tomatoes and peppers from them before all was lost but a pretty disappointing year, cherry tomato plant is still very healthy and producing. Surprisingly I am still getting some green beans which I never remember still getting some picks this late in the year before.

Bottom line I think next spring I am going to work on the grade so any runoff from the neighbors drains away from it better or something. It seems like it should already be enough grade to drain away but I must be taking on more runoff from the neighbors during big storms than I think. Pretty sure that parts of the garden are getting too saturated so may need to bring in some more dirt to build it up some more and maybe create some kind of "ditch" along the fence to channel the runoff away more since my lot has enough grade it would run towards the street.
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