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Spring means planting time for new veggie seeds and seedlings. As you plant, keep in mind that Denver is often inundated with heavy spring rains. Don’t let your gardening efforts wash away in the rain or be impacted by other wet weather issues.
If possible, use railroad ties or 4×4’s to border the garden. This keeps soil and seeds from washing away in heavy rains.
Consider using 2×4’s to partition off planted areas as well. This prevents seed migration within the garden.
Don’t turn your Denver garden into a mosquito breeding ground. Use screen atop all rain water collectors to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs.
After heavy rains use collected water as soon as possible for watering.
Be sure all containers are drained completely.
Keep a close eye on any ponds you have while keeping up with maintenance designed to discourage mosquitoes.
Snails, slugs are common uninvited garden guests. They most often show up after heavy rains. Salt will kill them instantly. You can also set traps in the form of small containers filled with beer. Remember, just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They like to hide. Catching them early is vital. Check under rocks and stepping stones for these slimy garden pests.
Denver is notorious for wet loving earwigs. They are named earwigs for a reason. These pesky critters get into new corn ears, eating the silk, which discourages growth. You can attract them with wet, rolled newspaper or cardboard. Place it under corn stalks. Collect and dispose of the traps daily to keep the population down. With luck, they’ll never make it up the stalk to the ears.
Note: Earwigs also love sunflower seeds. Plant sunflowers away from corn to discourage migration. Use the same method to trap and dispose of them in your sunflower patch as you did in your corn rows.
Rampant weed growth is often a problem after heavy rains. Keep a closer eye on the garden during rainy season. Mulch will help with this problem as well. Placing newspaper, landscape fabric or cardboard under the mulch forms a double barrier against weed growth, while allowing roots to reach down into the soil. Mulch does tend to hold moisture, which can result in fungus growth and attract insects. So, remember to water less frequently when mulch is used.
Check regularly for seeds and plants that have come uncovered or waterlogged in heavy Denver rains. Plants that have suffered damage may have to be replaced. Sick plants can spread disease and fungus to healthy plants. Give damaged plants no more than a few days to recover prior to removal.
Nutrients sometimes wash away in Denver’s heavy spring rains. Plants may need extra fertilizer or plant food to recover. Granulated fertilizer or compost is best during rainy season. Liquid fertilizers add to moisture content.