It’s easy to say that the UK has had its fair share of rain, and even though we love the summer, we only really appreciate it because the rain gets warmer. Fortunately for you, your garden doesn’t have to suffer! We have gathered our top gardening advice about what to do when your plants are drowning in British drizzle.
-Start pulling up dandelions and thistles while the soil is wet as you’ll have a bigger chance of getting the root out whole.
-Nettles also tend to grow quickly in these conditions, but, rather than throwing them out why not try a nettle tea or soup?
-Fortunately, lettuce benefits greatly from cool conditions and moist soil, so are enjoyed best during rainier weeks.
-Start planting watercress! Watercross is one of the few plants which doesn’t mind being waterlogged, take up the opportunity to plant some in half an inch deep holes outside.
– Get mint-tea! Mint leaves love moist conditions and if it’s blue outside then treat yourself to a fresh cup of mint tea.
Protection is a big dill
-Feed your poor plants! Some plants, such as tomatoes, may begin to look like they’re running out of nutrients. If this is the case, give them some love and help restore them back to good form. If your plants are looking pale or lanky then they are likely to be suffering from low light levels – rotate them towards the sun.
-Rescue your waterlogged plants! Many plants risk dying if their compost becomes saturated and you can begin to save them by removing the trays from underneath them.
-Mix up your compost heap to mix the wet and dry layers to prevent the water from depriving the microorganisms in your compost. If your compost is really waterlogged, consider adding in some newspaper to soak up more moisture.
-Buy mulch material and apply it to the surface as soon as soon as the rain stops, laid at a depth of 2 inches it will seal enough moisture to sustain plants throughout summer.
-Start planning your path to save hassle next year. Make sure that this is the last year that you squelch to the greenhouse and lose a welly – consider bark chips as a short term solution or start thinking of bigger projects such as stepping stones or a gravel path.