Mother Nature, why???
What was I just talking about a few days ago? Oh yeah, setbacks.
We had devastating rain last night. We were up all night dealing with a leak in the (brand new) roof at the Pettinger Property. And you can imagine my horror as I made the length of a football field walk to the garden in pouring rain, flashlight in hand, to find over 40 different varieties of peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and melons started from seed by yours truly under water. Don’t even get me started on the 100+ vegetables/fruits in the same boat . . . err, pond.
It rained so hard that after hearing about the leak, Matt’s dad couldn’t even make it over to our house because their creek flooded across driveway (something that’s never happened).
The garden looked no better in the morning.
I keep trying to remind myself: these things happen.
But it doesn’t lessen the heartache.
I usually work from home in the mornings, but I let a few of my coworkers I would be unavailable this particular morning. All I wanted to do was *fix* it. But the truth of the matter is that there isn’t really much you can do.
You can survey the damage, but there isn’t much you can do until their is no longer standing water. If roots are waterlogged for too long, they’ll suffocate, and the plants will die. There was both standing and rushing water in the garden this morning, so it’s hard to feel optimistic and re-burying exposed roots seemed futile. Even where I could walk on soil, I didn’t want to. You don’t want to walk on soil next to the plants because their roots are extra vulnerable at this point and walking on saturated soil will cause compaction. I removed large debris and picked off any slugs within reach.
And then even though I didn’t want to, I decided to go into the office. The fate of the garden will be what it will be, and there’s nothing I can do to help it until it dries out a bit. If I can’t help, there’s no point stewing over it. And the kind words from my coworkers truly touched my heart—they are some of the best people!
This evening I will survey the damage again. Walk where I can. Fix erosion where I can. Stake if possible. Re-plant if possible. Re-bury exposed roots. Remove slugs. Brush off dirt. And pray those little buggers pull through.
If they do, they may still suffer from water damage, which makes them more susceptible to root rot, fungal and bacterial diseases, yellowing and shriveling leaves, and stunted growth. We’ll need to add nutrients back into the soil to make up for what was leached out and washed away.
For now, I’m just waiting.