Remnants of Fay

“Remnants of Fay”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Today we started getting the remnants of TS Fay though it is not as bad as the weather people thought it might be for us.  But, this meant no garden work because it was raining when I woke up, and it rained steadily but lightly all day.  There are puddles all over the yard since we had had so much rain earlier in the week that the ground is not absorbing it fast enough.  Even though it was windy, at least we didn’t have high winds.




Having periods of a lot of rain is typical for the Gulf Coast, and it can make it difficult to garden.  Plants that can’t take the high rains just won’t make it and that is why drainage is so important here.  It is best to build up the garden beds and/or plant things high.  Earlier in the summer, we were having a drought with weeks without rain.  We have had over seven inches of rain since August 1st.  Of course, that is nothing compared to what poor Florida had from Fay, so I’m not complaining.


Since going back to work, I only have the weekends to garden, and I would have liked to have been able to spend some time doing that today.  Well, maybe next weekend will be better.  After all it will be a three day weekend, and I should get some time to garden.



  1. Anna said,

    August 25, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I am so worried we aren’t going to get any of the rain and it in dangerous drought conditions here. I do feel for you cause I know ya’ll don’t need any. I hope it moved north soon.

  2. Jan said,

    August 25, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Oh, Anna, I hope you all get some rain when this low pressure system move off to the northeast as it is predicted to do. It always seems like we have either too little or too much rain lately.

  3. August 25, 2008 at 7:41 am

    I’m glad you weren’t hit worse by Fay. We could use some rain too, but I am grateful to have a home right now. Those poor people in Florida got hit so hard.

  4. Brenda Kula said,

    August 25, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    A year ago we had some drainage problems in town due to the ground not being able to absorb any more water. Many homes had flooding problems. I redid much of my side yard to level it down so it would stop sloping toward my elderly neighbor’s yard and into her house. In doing so, I unearthed a lovely curved brick flower bed border I didn’t know existed!

  5. Jan said,

    August 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Perennialgardenlover, we did fare out well with Fay, now we are hoping we have the same with Gustav.

    Brenda, how fortunate to find a curved brick flower bed border when releveling your ground. Doing a good deed for your neighbor paid off twice.

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