Gardening in a swamp!

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May 17, 2015 by Buffy

Back of the garden is a swampy mess.

Back of the garden is a swampy mess.

So here in Arkansas we are experiencing an extremely wet Spring.  A knee boots needed to go to the garden, Spring and you might get stuck in the garden kind of Spring.

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None of my plants are thriving with the continual rain, clouds and cool temperatures.  My lettuce melted.  My pepper plants have yellow leaves.  My eggplant’s leaves all dropped off and it died! My okra was washed away.

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As I searched the garden for any bright spot, I did find a few sugar snap peas.

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I also found a few green beans starting to climb their fence.

Pole green beans

Pole green beans

The squash is hanging in there.  I expect to have blooms on some of them in a couple of days.

Sqaush

Squash

My cauliflower is starting to head.

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I also found my garden nemesis- the Colorado potato beetle enthusiastically eating my potato plants!

Colorado potato beetles

Colorado potato beetles

Boy, this gardening thing is really tough with weather and pest fighting you at every turn.  No wonder that first tomato tastes so sweet. (I’m not even going to show you my drowning tomato plants.  It is too sad.)  How is your garden growing?

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7 thoughts on “Gardening in a swamp!

  1. Littlesundog says:

    My gardens are also swamped but like you, a few things are doing well. What’s worse is the mosquitoes have arrived in droves. It’s a misery out there!! 🙂

  2. Same here! Looking forward to some sunshine. I was looking at the garden last night and saw some okra coming up about 2 ft. away from where I planted it. No telling where the beans are!

  3. Jen Gardener says:

    Oh goodness! Plants are so resilient! Hope you get some sunshine soon!

  4. Ours is planted and was doing well but we have had limited sun for 6 days and the temperature last night was 38. Everything is kind of stuck and not growing at this point. We are supposed to see the sun tomorrow afternoon so keeping my fingers crossed!! Tina

  5. L Lindall says:

    I here you. Thank goodness this spring in Georgia has been dry.

  6. Bill says:

    Ugg. Sorry to see that you’re getting swamped like that. It’s been unusually dry here. Almost no rain for the month of May so none of my summer crops planted by seed are even out of the ground yet and the transplanted seedlings are suffering. I had to go out and buy a drip irrigation system in the hopes of keeping them alive. It’s crazy how different things can be across the country. We had good production from our spring crops, and some are starting to wind down now and bolt. Still waiting on the broccoli and cabbage and hoping for the best.

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