Waterlogged garden

crouchswJune 11, 2010


My watering hose sprayer malfunctioned while I was away for a few days. My garden is swamped (I sunk to mid-calf when I stepped in to grab a squash). About 1/3 of my corn plants are bending over, some of them have the tops laying all the way on the ground. I also have green beans, squash, and watermelon. I am most worried about the corn; is there anything I can do to salvage it? Does anyone think the others will have problems? I live in southeast Texas, so the temperatures have been pretty high (mid 90's during the days), so it should dry out pretty soon (we're also not supposed to get much rain in the next few days). Any suggestions? Thanks,


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I had a wind storm come thru one year and flattened all of my corn...in tassle. What I did was put the 5' steel fence posts in around the edges & ran rope thru the corn back and forth, wrapping it around each fence post. Some I had to criss-cross to get 'em to stand, but...when all was said and done, I had a BEAUTIFUL crop of corn.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 7:43PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX


About all you can try right now is to prop it back up as suggested. Next year when your corn is about 12-18 inches tall, mound the soil up around the base of the plants. This will cause extra brace roots to form and the plants will stand better.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 11:48AM
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