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South Regional Reports

Rehabilitating a Flooded Garden

How to control the damage of sitting water on your plants

The South is particularly vulnerable to flooding. This picture shows flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from 2016. Photo: Melissa Leake, USDA.

The constant variable of water—too much or too little— is a part of gardening in the South. However, too much rain at once is often the case in our region. If you search online for “rainiest cities” or “rainiest states” and ignore any results that come up about Hawaii, the most frequent results always skew toward the American South. Unfortunately, the story of flooding across the country, not just in the South, has recently become all too familiar. Of course, loss of home and livelihood for those impacted are the main concern, but for those who love or rely on their garden, recovery in that area of their life is also important. This regional report will focus on what to do when your garden is flooded, here meaning underwater for more than a day.

Flooding and waterlogged soils have restricted amounts of oxygen in them that limit nearly all…

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