Wet weather drives gardeners inside

Time not to garden

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We needed rain, but I can’t be the only one wondering why it came all at once.

By the time we can make it out in the garden again, we’ll need machetes. The grass is knee high at our place, and the crabgrass that has invaded my flower beds is growing like kudzu.

But, as hard as it is to do, we really need to stay out of garden areas until they dry. When it’s wet, the chances of spreading viruses and diseases dramatically increase, and there’s the soil compaction element, too.

The same goes for mowing the grass. When the grass is wet, it bends instead of cuts, and there’s an increased chance of spreading virus and disease and compacting the soil.

So, as hard as it is, drop those gardening gloves and enjoy the rain.

IT MAY STILL be August, and the first days of September are usually hot, but there are signs of fall. Some trees are starting to change colors, the dogwood berries are turning red and fall blooming flowers are starting to form buds. Since we had an early spring, maybe we’ll get an early fall.

IF YOU’RE looking for plants for fall planting, the McCorkle’s Nurseries giant plant sale is Sept. 21 and 22.

AFTER LAST week’s column about Joe Levert’s topical gardens, several folks wanted to know more.

Joe suggests checking out the message board at members7.boardhost.com/InlandSCpalms/.

There’s advice and pictures and the opportunity to question folks with experience with tropical plants.


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