This weather is killing my garden!

United States
August 20, 2008 1:42pm CST
It has been cold and rainy, and my plants are all dying! My cucumbers stopped producing, then turned yellow, then brown and are now gone. My tomatoes won't get any bigger, and are taking forever to ripen. The only plants that look healthy are the peppers, but they are hardly producing anything. This is so frustrating because everything was doing great all summer, and now the weather is ruining it. Anyone else having trouble? Is there anything I can do about it?
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@peavey (16873)
• United States
21 Aug 08
It's gone from one extreme to another here. We had a spell of really hot and dry weather that lasted for weeks, then suddenly it started raining and turned cooler. It's warming up during the day now, so hopefully we'll have some "normal" weather before frost. My garden has suffered something awful during both extremes. Peppers are finally starting to produce and the cucumbers seem to have weathered it all right. However, tomatoes didn't do anything during the hot weather and started to bloom again with lots of rain but they've quit again now. Beans are already dying, beets hardly even came up. I didn't have to do any thinning, I guess that's a plus! Corn did well during the hot spell but I had to water them every day. I don't think there's much to be done about too much rain, other than shelter the plants somehow and make a shallow ditch leading away from them to catch runoff.
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• United States
21 Aug 08
My plants have good drainage, but there have been days we've gotten 2-3 inches in a day-- very unusual for us. I've heard too much rain washes away nutrients in the soil. Not sure if that's true, but I'm starting to think it is with the way my plants are dying off.
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@peavey (16873)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I suppose that rain could wash away some nutrients, but it has nutrients in it, itself. It may be, to, that they're waterlogged. Plants can drown in too much water.
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@peavey (16873)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Thank you for "best response!"
@snowy22315 (58726)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Actually, no. It has been hot and dry here and that is not having a good effect either. I usually get abunch of tomatoes but I think they are done for the year now. I planted a tree last fall also and that looks like it is dying. We really need rain around here, and I dont know if we are going to get any form the hurricane either.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Aug 08
It has been cooler here, but it has not really gotten cold at night. We have gotten lots of rain in the last few days, but the garden could really use some rainwater. I am not sure if there is really anything you can do about the cold keeping your plants from dying this late in the season. If it were earlier and the plants were still small you could try putting milk jugs or soda bottles over the top.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I'm having just the opposite problem with my garden but seems pretty much the same results - it's been hot and dry here for a couple months now, I'm trying to water regularly but don't want to burn up the water pump either. I am getting things but much smaller than normal for our area.
• United States
21 Aug 08
That's frustrating, too. I don't worry much when it is dry, since my garden is very small. It doesn't take a lot to water it sufficiently when there is no rain.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Yes it is much easier to water a small garden - afraid mine takes me all day to give it a good watering. I'm getting excited right now - it's clouding up. They keep saying a chance of rain but it goes north and south of us and we don't get a drop - maybe today will be the day as I didn't water yesterday or today :(
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
20 Aug 08
It's still quite warm here in Ohio but has got down to the high 50s a few nights. We haven't had any rain in some time, so I've been having to water. Where are you that it's cold and rainy? Could you cover your plants at night?
• United States
21 Aug 08
Adirondacks. It hasn't been cold enough that I worry about frost, but it just doesn't get very warm during the day, maybe 60-65 some days, and hardly any sun. And it's been raining more days than not- heavily. We have almost double our average rainfall so far this summer, and there's more in the forecast.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
My peppers never grew, my tomatoes have produced but because its so rainy they've gone rotten. Hopefully I have some potatoes - my carrots never grew because the chicklet (my baby sister) forgot to put the seeds in the row before covering it and left them package. I hope it gets better for you!