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Watering When It Rains

Q. 2. If you spread the Weekly Feed down the center of the bed and you’re quite certain that it’s going to rain shortly, is it OK to just leave it there for the rain to wash in? Or will it burn the plants somehow? We’ve been getting thunderstorms every night in a row, and my garden is full of standing water.

A. If you are receiving heavy rains, by all means, let the rain do the watering. You never want your plants to be in standing water for any length of time. They must have oxygen and can drown if the soil is drenched. That is one of the reasons we create raised beds with ridges. And in high-rainfall areas, during the rainy season, we have people remove the ridges from the ends of the beds, so the excess water drains out.