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Are Heavy Rains a Problem for my Plants?

Q. I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. We at times get much rain and at times no rain for weeks. Will heavy rains do any damage to the growing of plants in the “Mittleider Method”?

A. Heavy rains will not be a problem in the Mittleider Method. In fact, the Grow-Beds, or Soil-Beds, as well as the Grow-Boxes, are designed for proper drainage so that plants will not be drowned in heavy rains. The only thing needing to be done during those times is to leave the ends of the beds open, so water does not stand in the beds.

If you receive hard pounding rains, they may damage some of your plants. If this is a common occurrence, you may want to prepare covers for the plants, to protect them. The “Mini-Greenhouses” work well for short plants, and the “Greenhouse-in-the-garden”, using arched PVC over T-Frames and covered with plastic, will give protection to your tall-growing and vining plants.

See Lesson 23 – Cold Weather Gardening – for instruction, pictures,  and illustrations on protecting your plants, whether it is needed for cold, heat, or precipitation.  The Mittleider Gardening Course is the best gardening book on the planet, and the last gardening book you will ever need, in my opinion  🙂