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I planted some carrots in a planter down the side of my house. Ive raised the planter off the ground slightly using an off cut of wooden edging roll, to allow drainage, but im really worried about them with all this rain. Ive just asked my husband to cover them over for me as it is tipping down here- do i need to do this?

I know rain is supposed to be good for gardens but I am so worried about my plants!


It might be an idea-the rain could have washed the seed too deep to germinate-cover it for now until you see signs of life.


It really depends upon the drainage you have added to the compost in which you sowed them.   If you added things like fine grit, vermiculite or similar, they should be OK, as long as the container also has good drainage holes.  Lifting it up is a good idea.  Covering carrots with horticultural fleece is always a good idea, as it keeps the dreaded carrot fly away - they can't find the carrots then.   If the seeds have got pushed too deeply into the soil by the rain, they may not be able to germinate - but there is plenty of time to resow if this does happen. 

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