Garden challenges: Cold temperatures and rain

It’s been a strange growing season here in NW Pa. and from the looks of it, it may continue. I have adopted the philosophy to be prepared. South west corner
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I am still using the mini greenhouse for certain crops and may continue to do so this summer. My row covers are in place and may stay there for another month. We just don’t seem to be able to get to a consistent evening temperature, which is hard on certain crops.

So far I have harvested, onions, carrots, mustard, lettuce, and a few cucumbers. My other crops are doing well but I believe they are a little behind where they normally are at this time of year. Peas are just about ready for harvest and the herbs are doing well. The perennial flowers are also flourishing.

Certain annual flowers are suffering from too much rain and not enough sun. I have been covering a few of the gardens and keeping the flowers deadheaded to prevent molding flowers. Kenilworth Gardens Lotus
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One garden practice I use that helps is raised beds. I can quickly cover a garden row or garden if its getting too much rain and raised beds dry out faster than regular gardens. They also prevent standing water in gardens. I had that problem one rainy summer and it was a real challenge. I finally dug ditches throughout the garden to help the soil drain.

Many areas in the United States seem to be having cold weather and too much rain. How has the weather affected your garden?

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