What can I grow in a wet patch?!

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What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:10 »
Hello!
I have been trying to research what I can grow in a patch which seems to retain water. Iím in Leeds (West Yorkshire, UK). There is a very slight slope from the top of my allotment and it seems to drain down and linger on my end row. The soil isnít clay but quite heavy and sticky. Iím growing leeks in there which seem to be doing well but my chard and red cabbage isnít flourishing great, seems to have taken ages to grow much at all.
I wondered if anyone can recommend any fruit I could try in this patch that will tolerate the wet ground. Maybe trained blackberries on some trellis...?
Any ideas greatly received!  :nowink:

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 13:18 »
Sorry, not much help really, but rice comes to mind  :)   Mrs Bouquet
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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 13:50 »
Ha, thanks :) itís not quite wet enough for rice  :tongue2: just a bit heavy/sticky. I shall keep researching. Think blackberries might work, I see them growing in boggy areas all along the Leeds canal!

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2020, 14:26 »
Celery?
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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2020, 14:56 »
Might be a bit off the wall, but would some of the mushroom grow on half buried logs.

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2020, 15:55 »
My first reaction was celery too.

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2020, 16:55 »
Celeriac? that likes lots of water

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2020, 16:57 »
Alternatively could you build some raised beds in this area?

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2020, 17:13 »
Alternatively could you build some raised beds in this area?

That's a good idea - one of the situations when beds are a good idea horticulturally is where you've got a high water table.  This is a similar situation.
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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2020, 15:47 »
Same vein as the raised bed idea:

On a small scale, try taking a 2-gallon cast-off plastic nursery container. Cut the bottom out of it.  Invert it onto your wet area. Now plant anything you want in it as long as you don't move it.  The roots will extend into that wet soil, you may not need to water.
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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2020, 22:59 »
Same vein as the raised bed idea:

On a small scale, try taking a 2-gallon cast-off plastic nursery container. Cut the bottom out of it.  Invert it onto your wet area. Now plant anything you want in it as long as you don't move it.  The roots will extend into that wet soil, you may not need to water.
Celeriac? that likes lots of water

Celeriac? that likes lots of water

Thanks - Iíve thought I could put some rotted manure out from the local stables, then put old tyres on top filled with topsoil as a cheaper alternative to raised beds...if I can get some unwanted tyres from somewhere!  Jobs for this week: pop to local mechanics garages!

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2020, 08:18 »
I think the advice now is not to use old tyres because of the chemicals they leach out, not good for you, your veg or the soil!
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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2020, 10:09 »
Also, I think you'll also find that reputable garages won't let you have tyres anyway owing to waste disposal  regulations.

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Re: What can I grow in a wet patch?!
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2020, 19:51 »
Blueberries? They like to stay moist. Needs to be acidic soil though...



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