Need help with garden flooding after rain!!

silverchez(9b)January 26, 2013

I am freaking out! Just planted some rosemary, mint, and lemon balm, and I woke up this morning to find my garden flooded and some of the soil eroded. The area is confined by the patio on one side, a brick wall on the other, and the rest is open lawn (where our future raised garden beds will be).

Should I be concerned? Should I try some method to help with water drainage??

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GeeS 9b

Sucks having your careful gardening work upended by Mother Nature, but all we can do is grin and bear it, then clean up the mess next week.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:00AM
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silverchez(9b)

Yeah I know :( I was just curious if I needed to find a way to solve this issue, or leave it be. :)

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:16AM
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GeeS 9b

What can you do but wait it out? I'd recheck everything (tamp down and resituate as needed) in a couple days once it starts drying out. We do get some pretty fierce rains once in a while, particularly during monsoon season, so you may want to consider a border of some manner to keep soil from washing over the bricks in the future. Good luck! I'm sure everything will be fine.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 12:39AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I agree. This happens so infrequently that spending more than 5 minutes and $5 to 'fix' the problem is pointless.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 11:46AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun pic and post, thanks for sharing them. I agree with the others--it really doesn't look THAT bad, and soon enough it'll dry out and all will be fine. I wouldn't worry about it at all. If the soil gets disturbed easily/often you could use some smooth river rock as a mulch/stabilizer (and it's easy to lift a dozen stones to plant a small plant and then put them back in.

Keep us posted on how things work out. Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 6:24PM
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nc_crn

If runoff from your hardscape becomes a problem you could easily buy/install a roll of plastic border edging that will channel away most of the water. You wouldn't need tall edging there unless you were going for some kind of visual effect.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 8:49PM
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silverchez(9b)

Thanks everyone for your insight! I am so excited to have my own little space to garden in, as my bf and I just moved into our first home :) Next on the list: ripping out the grass and installing raised flowerbeds!

I've been reading so much here and on the web...although I've learned a lot, feel like I have a ways to go! :)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 10:25PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

"I've been reading so much here and on the web...although I've learned a lot, feel like I have a ways to go! :)"

Don't worry; we all feel that way!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 1:17AM
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