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Surviving the First Rain Storm – Gardening Part 5

So, we had our first torrential downpour a week after we planted the roses. We’ve always had an issue with drainage. The soil here in Florida is either sand or clay. There is no in between. What we did for the roses was dig a double wide/double deep hole, remove the sandy clay (I know, oxymoron, right?!) and replace it with a layer of gravel (for drainage) and an equal mixture of potting soil, vermiculite, and peat moss.
Oh the rain!
Oh the rain! See where it falls off the roof?

a pool for the Lantanas

a pool for the Lantanas

The front lines the porch and is situated right under the roof overhang, which is normally fine. Until it does its heavy rain. Luckily, it’s not very often. So, the roses should be fine. The problem we have, though, is erosion. We are trying everything to keep the soil in place. When we first moved in, we watched as the mulch floated away and washed down the storm drain–hence the reason why I am reluctant to buy more mulch and I want stone in its place! But that’s another project and more back-breaking work altogether.

The veggie garden, worst side of the house, ZERO drainage

The veggie garden, worst side of the house, ZERO drainage

Back patio poor drainage

Back patio poor drainage

The front porch area is not as bad as the back patio area. Because the front is on a hill, it drains to the sidewalk. However, the poor Lantanas were swimming. 🙂 The erosion on the two roses at the stairs to the front porch will have to be taken care of. We plan on getting some concrete edging just to keep the soil from running away. Hope that will help (and look nice). The side of the house with the small veggie garden is our worst enemy. Even in the drought of summer that side remains squishy. We have moss growing over there. At least most of them are in raised beds, and the cabbage has a substantial amount of gravel in the hole we buried it in. We know we have good drainage in the back, because it dried up rather quickly. It is the erosion we are most concerned about. None of the houses around here come with gutters. We will have to look into that option later. But I’d really like to get some diverters at the very least. But diverting the water…where? No matter where we divert it to, it will cause erosion.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Back Patio, after the storm. Water is nearly gone, proves good drainage.

Back Patio, after the storm. Water is gone, proves good drainage.

At least they survived the rain storm. And we got a double rainbow at the end! To thank my husband for all his efforts, I bought him a new BBQ grill. We’ve been without it for years now. With the new house, new neighborhood, and everyone else having a BBQ grill, we’ve been wanting one since we moved here. Finally, we got one. And had hamburgers for dinner that night. 🙂

After the storm! Double Rainbow Happiness!

After the storm! Double Rainbow Happiness!

Hubs' present for helping!

Hubs' present for helping!

LadyJai

3 Comments

  1. Comment by Sue Ann Bowling:

    The advantage of a gutter system is that you can divert the water into a rain barrel or two for watering when it’s dry. (Having relatives in Tulsa I’m well aware there are times you need water.)

  2. Comment by Leigh Caroline:

    Oooh Beautiful shot on the rainbow! Glad that storm didn’t wash away the roses! And I’m jealous! Not allowed to have a grill at our condo, have to raid the inlaws when I want grilled things, or use my george foreman, which doesn’t quite have the same effect.

  3. Comment by Becca:

    Ooo, I have grill jealousy! Look at that rain, though – damn. That’s totally crazy. Glad all your lovely plants survived!

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