I. HATE. RAIN. I don't hate watering, but at this point I hate rain. 2 Weeks of almost constant rain before Irene, then Irene, 3 days of sun, and now at least a foot of rain from Lee (I don't know what kinds of lies the weather authorities are trying to pass off about 6", but from the way some buckets I left out filled, we got WAY ore than that). And they're now saying that Maria or Katia might come this way too.
I had almost fought the powdery mildew off my zukes during those 3 sunny days, but now it's back with a vengeance. Septoria absolutely covering my tomatoes. I've removed the badly-affected branches, but I don't feel I can safely remove any more, but I don't know what else I can do. And the rain was pulverizing my mustard seedlings, so I put on some row covers, but even with them open to allow a good amount of air flow, I'm worried those are gonna succumb to some fungus. Flooded cabbage bed.
I tried out digging some pits to give the water somewhere to go to, but they just filled up with the water from the saturated ground around them. TOO much water and NOWHERE for it to go!
Is anyone else having similar problems? Could I put a thousand shamwows all over and just wring them out somewhere else every few hours? I need some kind of magically absorbant material to surround my plants with.
PS. I have to say that I'm still extremely thankful that only my garden is flooding. Some of the damage going on around me is unbelievable. My prayers are with you if you've been hit bad.