Wet Weather Doesn't Mean Crops are Doomed


ORONO - If rainy skies hung over your area recently, you may be thinking your garden is done for. Well chin up, even if it looks like a mud hole, you probably still have a shot at growing this season. Our Erin Thomas explains.

Fields across Penobscot County are looking alot more like ponds lately, it has many planters, farmers, and gardeners alike asking: are crops doomed?

John Jemison, soil specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said crops most affected by the rain the are the warmer season ones, like beans.

If you planted in the ground, depending on your soil type, you may need to replant. But if you used raised beds you could be in luck.

Another key thing to remember: drainage affects the make up of your soil.  Meaning you may need to add more nitrogen.

Jemison says if you grow organically, adding fish emulsion can solve that problem or just by regular MiracleGro if you already use fertilizer.

And if you missed the rain because you haven't planted yet, Jemison says greenhouses may still have sales on seedlings to get your garden going.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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