Sunday, May 18, 2014
Turns out, the liner had been masking a problem. When I drilled the holes, it allowed water in from underneath, rather than draining it out. At least I had not drilled through the sprinkler line. That would have sucked. There was a broken sprinkler under some bushes I hated which was causing the flood. The gardener found the problem and capped it (while disposing of said ugly bushes), but everything except for Gus and some stray onions that had regrown from last year was waterlogged. I haven't ripped out Tommy and Brad yet, just in case they miraculously spring back to life, but I'm prepared for the worst.
The next step is going to have to be emptying the fountain and taking out the liner. That's the only way I can re-landscape the area so it never floods again. I'll try to salvage plants in pots during the process, but I'm probably going to have to start again from scratch. No tomatoes this year.
Artie is almost done for the year. I used up the grandbabies and great-grandbabies on a salad, which will be the next post. there are a few mini-buds which may be edible next week, but that will be it. I lost count, but I think there were 10 decent-sized buds this year, including Heidi. I'm happy with that.