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Hi i would like to ask how best to manage a plot during this time, as we have had lots and lots of rain my plot is very much a swamp, is it bad to earth up and work on the plot if it is so muddy, its like a sludge muddy bath???? Help :lol:
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Welcome to the forum Jesse!

This is exactly my problem this year & I've had a lot of advice. If you scroll down a bit from this topic to Best Practices you will see my posts on Flood & some of the advice given in reply. It is not good to walk on or work it as it compacts the soil worsening the problem.

In response to the replies I have dug channels around the edges of the affected beds & covered them in black plastic which I moulded into the channels to catch the falling rain & divert it off the beds so giving the already saturated beds less to contend with. I also topped up the beds with compost to deal with the mud bath already there, but I can see this has already dropped quite a bit from the mound I applied, but won't add more & just wait until a longer dry spell where I can unroll the plastic & let the wind & hopefully sun will also help dry it off. If any rain forecast I will just roll it back over the beds. There are other responses as well that might suit your situation more, especially around raised (not just edged), beds which I will save up for bit by bit as I can afford, but if you have someone handy you could build your own.

Good Luck! It's really frustrating.
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Evening Jesse, and a very warm welcome to the forum.

If your plot is like that, I would definitely keep off it for now, as you can do a lot of damage to the soil structure and that will lead to the soil being hard to work next Spring.
Westi will be along later and she has a similar problem on her plot, so will know exactly how you feel!
I would spend your time, planning for next year, and looking through seed catalogues……
Kind Regards, Old Herbaceous.

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Frustrating as it may be the above, ie keeping off the plot is sound advice. Longer term raised beds might be a so,ution, and to grow vegs which like moister soil in the worst affected areas.

If you,re on an allotment, this really ought to be a matter for committee discussion as bringing in other heads might help come up with a solution.
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Thank you all for the above advice and the very warm welcome which is gratefully received. I will take it on board and leave off for now until weather is more settled (no rain) to get to it. Many thanks
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