Washed Away

Garden Washed Out

The final garden learning in the vegetable plot last year was on row placement. While you are watching the sun to decide how you want to lay out your garden rows, take a look at how water flows in your garden. A big mistake I made was putting my rows against the grain of the water flow.  Every storm that came through tore out sections of rows and the seeds or plants in them. In some cases the entire row disappeared.This coming year I will change row directions so the water flows between them. Another water flow issue was finding that the bed wasn’t level. Top soil was washing down the hill every rain storm. The soil turned to hard clay by the end of the summer. I’ll need to retain the lower section as much as possible to keep this from occurring next year. There are rocks, bricks, stepping stones, lumber and miscellaneous blocks all over the property so no better time to practice recycling and reusing!