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How Tri-State Gardeners Should Deal With All. This. Rain.

diseased tomato plant
Water-saturated soils deprives plants of needed oxygen and makes them more susceptible to disease.

Gardeners in our region are accustomed to our often dry, hot summers and the need to pay extra attention to watering plants. But right now farmers and gardeners here and in many other parts of the country have the opposite problem – too much water.

Many farmers can't plant crops, or the constant heavy rains have flooded fields and killed what they were able to plant this spring.

While the rain won't inflict the same financial damage on home gardeners as it will to farmers, it could seriously reduce the amount of produce they will be able to grow this season. Plants can't get sufficient oxygen from waterlogged soil to survive, they can develop root rot, and are more susceptible to disease.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how to recognize signs of stress or disease in plants in over-saturated soil, what you can do to minimize the damage to your gardens and to answer your questions are Campbell County Extension Office Horticulture Agent Sarah Stolz; Turner Farm Community Garden Manager Joshua Jones; and Boone County Cooperative Extension Horticulture Extension Agent David Koester.

The Campbell County Extension Office Community Celebration Day is this Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Campbell County Extension Office also offers a variety of other classes and events throughout the year.

And make note of Turner Farm's upcoming gardening programs, as well as Boone County Extension program information.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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