Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

What a beautiful, beautiful morning!

Posted Friday, June 14, 2013, at 8:22 AM
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  • I just looked at my last comment about banning the morning glories from our property forever and chuckled. Like I could really get rid of all of them. LOL

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, at 3:07 PM
  • Steve, how I would love to share your 'glories'.

    We've had so very much rain, mine continue to drown before they even have a chance to sprout. Bought my last package of seeds, they go in tomorrow.

    I like the Scarlet O'Hara's as they seem to welcome the hummers.

    Any advice other than give up!

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 6:46 PM
  • Btw, your pictures are beautiful.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Sat, Jun 15, 2013, at 6:47 PM
  • We have had a lot of rain but I hate the opposite more than finding ways to survive the wet soil.

    Most folks, including me, would think of raised beds first to solve your water issues but I have now gone to a different approach. I'll explain that a little later but first, I would suggest looking at your growing site to evaluate why you are having trouble.

    When we lived in Murfreesboro our house and garden lived on a downhill slope which was half good and half bad. The bad was that our property happened to be in the natural run-off area, so water that was above us, channeled into our yard.

    The good was that once we built a few diverting "French Drains" around the yard, the water had some place else to go, so it did not collect in a pond. If yours becomes a pond and cannot drain somewhere else, raised beds are probably the easiest answer.

    On our driveway, I used raised mounds of gravel to channel water off before it becomes a raging gully that eats away our driveway. I call them my speed bumps.

    I tried digging mini French drains and putting metal grates on top, but they filled up quickly with gravel and debris.

    On our main garden, I changed the direction of the rows to be like stair steps down the hill with a slight slant so the water collected in each walkway will drain out of the garden into the grass.

    This keeps the rain from adding up in the walkway and overflowing into the next bed like a waterfall. Why would it do that in a raised bed garden? Well, mine are not exactly raised, but more on that later.

    Our current house also has drainage pipes carrying the flood water away from the house. A necessary thing, but it condensed one half of the roof drainage into one drain pipe which coincidentally came out at the top of my garden.

    This was good during normal months because it brought more water to the garden, but in rainy months in brought wash-outs, so I have methods now to divert the rain into different directions when it is monsoon season and bring it back together when it starts drying up.

    The other answers will depend on where you live (zoning issues), can you dig a collecting area (above or below ground), is the city or subdivision causing your issues and needs to be addressed there, etc. etc.

    To avoid this one post becoming a book, I will stop here and discuss the pros and cons of raised beds and what I ended up doing in another post. Since it is Father's Day, I am going to get another load of mulch for the gardens. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 16, 2013, at 8:27 AM
  • BTW moonwalker, thanks for the compliments. I was limited to the smart phone on these so I lost some of the white from the flowers in an effort to get the shadows.

    I have never been able to up-grade to the digital SLR I would like and film is just about gone, so I have to settle for what I can get. Having someone appreciate any photos of mine today is still nice.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 16, 2013, at 11:57 AM
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