Your plants need water, but not too much water. Heavy rain can make soil waterlogged and this can affect your plants’ ability to absorb air and minerals in the soil. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can guard your garden against the rain…
Use raised beds
Raising your beds above ground level can help with water drainage. It’s also a proven strategy against frost damage. Companies like Woodblocx sell raised bed kits to assemble – these are some of the easiest ways to build raised beds.
Create a runoff and drainage system
Another option could be to create a runoff and drainage system in which rainwater is diverted away from your plants. You could achieve this by making your beds sloped and by digging out channels to collect water and redirect it elsewhere. Make sure that you’re diverting the water somewhere appropriate (i.e. not your neighbour’s garden). You could even consider directing this water to your home’s drains.
Grow plants in pots
By growing plants in pots you can take them indoors in the event of heavy rainfall. Some pots may also have holes in the bottom that can provide drainage. You may not want to put all your plants in pots, but it could be a useful precaution when it comes to certain fragile plants.
Grow plants in a greenhouse
A greenhouse shelters your plants from elements including rain, frost and harsh wind. You’ll never have to worry about excessive rainfall again, however you will need to remember to occasionally water your plants manually yourself. There are lots of different types of greenhouse to choose from cheap and small kit greenhouses to expensive and large custom-built greenhouse buildings. These Eden greenhouses are a good middle ground for those that want quality but don’t want to pay too much. Always shop around to find the best prices.
Lay down mulch on your soil
Mulch can often help to soak up rain, which can in turn stop your soil from getting too soggy. Popular types of mulch include wood chippings, grass cuttings and hedge cuttings. Some people even use old newspapers as a form of mulch.
Temporarily cover up plants
If you’ve seen that heavy rainfall is forecasted, you could take the precaution of covering up certain plants that you think could be damaged. This could include using a tarpaulin or a cloche or a burlap bag. Just make sure to uncover these plants after the rain has subsided.
Pest-proof your plants
Rainfall can often bring all the pests out afterwards. Slugs and snails tend to come out after rainfall as a result of the earth being too soggy – these creatures will feast on your plants if you’re not careful. Spraying your plants with pesticide could be a way of deterring these creatures, however a more eco-friendly option could be to use household ingredients like garlic and rosemary to deter these bugs.