It’s a sad day today. I fear that my little garden plot is completely flooded. I heard on the news that they are expecting the flooding this year to set the all time record for the Cedar River. Even if that doesn’t happen I know the plot will be under plenty of water. My only hope is that it recedes quickly so maybe the plants won’t rot.
It’s too bad really. The plot was growing nicely and had a ton of stuff growing. It was more weeds than produce, but that’s OK, I can pick those out. If the water stays on there too long the beans will wilt and die. I assume the potatoes will too.
I shouldn’t be surprised. When you plant in a flood plain that’s to be expected, although the water this year is way more than usual. Even our snowfall this year was way above the norm (within 2 inches of the all time record). We started out the year wet.
I fear more for our nations food supply. The fields are under water. It’s too wet to drive anything onto them. Corn was already in short supply. I don’t expect it will be any better after this wet spring. As far as I can tell all of Iowa East of I-35 are so water logged that the fields will be worthless for about a month or so, well, the ones that are anywhere near water at least, which is most of them. That doesn’t bode well for corn or soybean prices.
In other news, my garden at home is handling the water fine. Further confirms for me the benefits of having a ton of organic matter in the soil. In fact, the soils at home look like they could soak up a lot more water even. The grass is muddy and squishy but the garden beds are still very workable and loamy. Things are still growing great and there isn’t any standing water in any of them. The benefit of raised beds, compost, leaves, grass clippings and other amendments.
I’m going to have to get more seeds lined up so that when the water does recede I can replant. I’ll have to plant different items this time around because of the reduced time frame for the harvest. Should be an interesting challenge.