“Plant Doctor” Offers Tips on How To Save Your Drenched Garden


Local gardeners and farmers have had a rough go so far this summer with all the rain we’ve seen.

Mother Nature is the number one culprit having already dropped more than 9 inches of rain on the Ohio Valley since the start of June.

The rain has turned many gardens in the area into swamps or has even completely washed away yards.

PJ Lenz of Nicky’s Garden Center has been in the gardening business for nearly 40 years and even the “plant doctor” says with all this rain there may be no lifesaving for washed out gardens.

“Prevention is the best medicine in this case, good drainage, preventive fungicides. They would help, but right now there’s not a whole lot that you can do, other than to make sure you replace the nutrients by fertilizing. The rain washed away a lot of that.” added Lenz.

Gary Perigo, a member of the Master Gardners in Marshall and Ohio County, has elevated plant beds.

So far his garden is doing okay, but he does have some concerns if the rain continues to fall.

“They’re growing nice but you have to really be careful, mine are raised beds so they drain pretty good, but things you don’t want to touch them if they’re wet. That brings diseases in. You don’t want to walk on your soils and compact them so you just need to be very careful and watch your plants,” added Perigo.

Both Lenz and Perigo says it’s been awhile since they’ve seen this much rain.

Stay tuned to 7 News and WTRF.com for continuing updates on the forecast in your neighborhood.

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