Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:21
Mart Raised beds full of plants soak up water, when I had them they often needed watering even after rain. Fruit trees can come quite small and be fanned onto a fence or trellis, they will soak up water. On my wet side i planted two golden Privet spaced out they give winter colour and drink water by the gallon that side is now dry i have to water the rest of the plants. There are many shrubs or small bushes that will help soak up the water.
Wait until spring to sort out the lawn, the more you walk on it the more compact it becomes. In spring if you can hire an Aerating machine with open tines, they dig small holes in the lawn, you then throw a mix of washed sand and compost across the lawn and sweep it down the holes with a stiff brush, this will open up the lawn let it breathe and drain better. Later after treating the lawn with feed and weed around six weeks apart you may need to scarify, that means using a rake drag the thatch off the top, you will be surprised at how much thatch there is. If you cannot hire a machine then using a good fork walk up and down the lawn driving the prongs of the fork into the grass then do the sand and compost bit.
If you build raised boxes or even just troughs line them with old plastic compost bags nailed to the inside, it stops wood rot and contains the moisture the plants need. Make the box so you can reach any part without having to stand on it so a number of smaller boxes are better than one large on. That way you can also rotate any crops you grow. Hope this helps.