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    hello, i am starting a vegetable garden for the first
    time this year in my backyard. I am working with s
    sloped area, which I terraced into three levels each
    about seven inches higher than the other. My soil is
    fairly rich and maybe a little on the clay side. Last
    week I planted peas, kale and onion seedlings (which i
    started indoors), and also some herb and flower seeds.
    Since I planted those things, we have had two heavy
    rains that have caused a lot of problems. Yesterday
    some of my seedlings were totally underwater! We ran
    out in the rain and tried to build some channels to
    divert the water away. Today I went out to assess the
    damage, most of the seedlings are damaged and soggy
    looking, I think many of the tiny seeds washed away as
    well. Obviously a lot of erosion is happening, mud is
    in places where it shouldn't be and rocks and weeds
    have washed on top of the beds from somewhere else. I
    need to build a drainage system immediately. I have an
    idea to dig trenches out and down from the levels. I
    am thinking of burying some buckets in the ground at
    the lowest level to collect the water from the
    trenches. I would cover the buckets when it's not
    raining. Then I might even be able to use that water
    when we have a dry spell. Or I could drill holes in
    the buckets so the drain slowly.

    Also yesterday when we were trying to do the emergency
    rescue i put soda bottles with the bottoms cut off as
    shelters on top of the seedlings. Wind is also a big
    problem i need to deal with. Please share any advice
    you can! Thank you so much!

    --sarah

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    hello and thanks for the reply. Last week i built a simple drainage system where i dug little trenches lined with gravel that flow down into one of three buckets that i buried in the ground and camoflauged with woodchips. It's supposed to rain tommorrow, so we'll see how it works!

    --sarah

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    You are so very welcome!* I hope it works.

    Newt

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