Severly Wet Property

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by P&B, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. P&B

    P&B Member

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    My husband and I bought this lovely home on 2.5 acres and were all jazzed about making it a little homestead. Now, however, we are finding that the property, although not a designated wetlands, is a marsh. Our front yard, back yard, and garden areas are all "Soupy". I'm slightly discouraged as to how I'm going to remedy this situation. I wanted to have a large garden, but am afraid anything I try to grow will simply become waterlogged. My husband thinks that once Spring comes the soupiness will disappear and everything will work out. If it doesn't though are there any suggestions on fuit and veggie plants that I can grow? berries? and ways that I can bring about a fruitful garden? Anyone else with this problem?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    You may need to improve drainage of the entire property. You can also look into doing raised beds.
     

  3. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    I too have soggy land, especially right now although it is
    covered with snow and ice today...
    When spring arrives, or even before, look and see where the snow
    melts the fastest. That will probably be your best areas
    for planting, but as the summer progresses the wetter areas
    will dry up some.
    Plant the things that need the best drainage or that can go
    in the earliest in the best drained areas, and keep the later
    crops for the wetter areas which will be drier by then.
    Also, as mentioned in the earlier post, you can always do
    raised beds, either with defined sides (boards, cinderblocks,
    whatever) or just mounded beds. This will get the roots up
    out of the water and also let it warm up faster.
    Good luck, and don't forget that the plants haven't read the
    same books you have :) so go ahead and plant anyway!
    Ann
     
  4. Sondra Peterson

    Sondra Peterson Well-Known Member

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    Hey I know how you feel we have 2 acres and at time it is very soggy when it rains and of course now has been very wet here. Now come this summer twill be dry as a bone. Raised beds are deffiently the way to go .
     
  5. evermoor

    evermoor Well-Known Member

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    Raised beds def. for the veggies, for fruits and berries maybe think about blueberries (there are bog varieties) and they should do well in your climate. Cranberries?????
     
  6. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

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    Hmm, rice? Heh.

    I don't know about Connecticut, but we have been having rain after rain, after rain. The ground here is soggy, but that's not normal. Perhaps the ground there is not normally wet like it is now?