Waterlogged veg patch

I have a new veg patch, due to start it off this year, and it is still very squelchy.  It starts to drain, we have another massive rain shower and then it is full of water again.  This must be such a common problem at the moment, why is it not being addressed in weekly Gardeners World emails?  What do we do about sowing seeds?  Will be at least a month before we can get started.  What can and can't we start off in cells in the greenhouse?  Some good advice would be very welcome.  We are not used to such damp conditions in the East of England!


  • I'm in the South East and we have the same problem.  I'm going to start some stuff indoors and just wait until the veg patch dries up.  Compared to the rest of the country I think we've got it easy.  Try the what to do now on this website for suggestions.


  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 541

    Just let it dry out still time to plant your veg later on you could add some sharp sand to the soil dig it in when drys out a little just give it time all will be well no doubt.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    If it's not too big an area, could you cover with polythene, leaving spaces for airflow like a polytunnel type of effect? It would warm the soil up and prevent further wetting. 

  • Hi - I know this is about veg. but hope you won't mind if I ask about my wildflower

    garden as that is pretty waterlogged too.   I've not been well with a persistent

    virus for a few weeks, so hadn't been able to check up on what's been going on

    outdoors for a while.  Today I was a bit horrified to find that lots of the things I

    was hoping would survive because of the mild winter, have in fact disappeared -

    some of them have been eaten and others, I think, have given up the ghost with

    all the rain.  Can't see it being sensible to sow any wildflower seeds until it

    dries up?  Would be grateful for advice!  Nutcutlet I'm about to PM you!  image

  • Good idea Andy19, also copious amounts of compost should help.  Our veg patch is mounded which helps with the water problem.



  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I've loosely forked my veg patch so that on dry windy days it starts to dry out a bit.

  • A common problem this year. My patch of garlic seems to be doing alright but it is surrounded by what could only be called a bog.

    Have to pick a new area for my first early spuds as the preferred site is waterlogged most of the time.

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    This is where my brassicas will be planted later on in Spring. Might get a crop of rice first?


     That line of stones is a land drain.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Rice might be about right, No expert  image

  • My garden is absolutely waterlogged!! I've not been able to walk on it!! The greenhouse is an asset at times like this!!

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    That pic was taken Sunday afternoon, water is gone down a fair bit now but soil is very wet still.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,892

    Digging a trench/ditch alongside soggy ground will help to dry it out and lower the water table.  

    When the land has dried out, half filling the trench with pebbles  and then topping up with soil will permanently improve the drainage - or you can create an open land drain as above.

    If you can join it up with a ditch so much the better. image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    The land drain joins to another at the bottom of the garden. My problem is the black clay is so fine that drainage is slow. I'll catch up with you all later.

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    We built a land drain two weeks ago to take run off from our patio, it works a treat. Without it our patio sat underwater for days.  We dug out the clay to a spades depth and replaced it with a layer of sub base, John Innes No 3 and pea shingle then planted some Ajuga into it which will form a mat to hold soil particles so they don't dirty the patio.  It had to look decorative as it comes before a small retaining wall onto the rest of the garden.  You can build this in a day.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    Mrs G, do you have a photo of that we could see? id like to see how its done.

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Sorry our camera is broken, I'll see if I can use husband's phone later.  It  is basically a sump which allows the water time to drain, out of sight, so we can still use our patio without wellies on.

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