Fertilize before a rain so the fertilizer will soak in.
Take the cover off your compost to let it get wet.
Tie or stake plants that may topple from wind or weight.
Set up to harvest rainwater for later use!
Make raised beds, mounds, to help with drainage issues.
Mulch to keep soil from splashing up on your plants, keeping your harvest clean, holding water in place to soak in, and keep soil from eroding.
Make ‘permanent’ pathways with boards, stepping stones, straw bedding, so you won’t be compacting your planting area soil when it is wet or dry!
Plant for air circulation so foliage dries quickly. Plants too closely spaced, make a warmer micro environment, tend to get mildew easier.
Choose mildew resistant plants!
Drench your young plants with a mix of a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, a 1/4 cup of nonfat (so it won’t rot and stink) powdered milk in a large watering can of water for mildew prevention and abatement. It works for certain other diseases as well!
Water less frequently and at ground level, not overhead.
During a rainy period….
If you didn’t before, get out there in your rain gear and add some manure or fertilizer! Great excuse to play in the rain!
Check frequently to see how your plants are doing. Secure any tall plants, trellises that need it.
If a plant is too low and in standing water, raise it. Put your shovel deep under it, put some filler soil underneath the shovel!
Add more mulch if it has shifted or wasn’t quite deep enough to keep mud spatter from your plants.
Be sure your wormbox worms are not doing the backstroke!
Rebuild any drainage channel that has weakened, clear if clogged.
Make sure all your rain harvest system is working well. Kudos to you for harvesting!
Practice arm-chair gardening! Read garden books, magazines, browse web sites, buy some seeds from mail-order catalogs, design your new garden layout!
Get some seeds, soilless potting mix, gather containers with, or make, drainage holes. Start some seeds!
If the rain is prolonged, uh, do an aphid, snail and slug check as frequently as you can. Sluggo works on snails and slugs even when it is wet. Hard to believe, but, yes, it does.
If the rain is prolonged, do harvest your fresh and crunchy produce! Lettuces will flourish! Check on fast maturing broccoli and cauliflower heads to cut at peak maturity! Gather your luscious strawberries. Keep your peas picked to keep them coming!
After the rain! YES!
Do some thinning for air circulation as makes sense. Often there is a growth spurt, and you can see where thinning is needed.
Repair areas where soil has washed away exposing roots. Put some mulch on.
It’s often warmer after a rain, and it is the warmth that mildew loves! Drench mildew susceptible plants with your mildew mix immediately, early in the day so your plants can dry. If you prune mildewed areas off, remove those prunings, wash your hands and pruners before you go on to other plants.
Do what you do about snails and slugs. Keep checking for aphids – blast them away with water or remove infested leaves.
There is often more gopher activity after rain has softened the soil, so be ready!
In later days, after the rain, harvest first, water second! That’s the rule to keep from spreading diseases spread by moisture.
Enjoy the superlative rapid growth of your very happy plants!