This is our second year gardening. Last year we had a few tomatoes and cucumbers on the side of the house. This year we built a 16'x16' using 2x10's and 4x4 posts. We wrapped the frame in 3' garden fence to keep the rabbits out. We did not fill the frame, just tilled the dirt that was there. So at this point it's not a raised bed.
Well it seem I made a poor choice when choosing this location. We had a two day rain and now the garden has about 6 inches of standing water. All the plants are partially submerged and the lettuce and bean seeds which have not sprouted yet are under puddles of water.
I plan to buy top soil this weekend and fill the frame to make a raised bed. I also plan to mound the areas that will be planted. I am guessing this will give me 8-12" over the current ground level.
I need some advice on steps to takes to remove the plants and replant them. They were all purchased form a local nursery in pots and planted last weekend. Most of them appear to be healthy. I have a few heirloom tomatoes that I think have sold out locally.
Other than gently digging them up and setting them aside as I fill are there any other steps I should take?
Thanks in advance.