Summer garden woes


TERRE HAUTE, IND.(WTHI) – Well your green thumb is probably in full force now that the cold chill is completely behind us. And with the hot summer simmer, sometimes we run short on precipitation, and that can send your garden to the grave.

Not so this year.

“Water has not been an issue, we’ve had a great amount of rain here, and despite the heat, the rain has really made up for it,” said Ashley Rose Newton, ISU Student Community Garden Coordinator.

“We’ve had ample rain, I mean the rains have been extremely timely every 4 or 5 days,” explained Patti Weaver, Garden Expert.

But there are some rain related suffocating sores to watch out for.

“The problem with good rains is you have good weeds, so weeds are the problem now, so you really have to manage your weeds,” said Weaver.

And local garden expert Patti Weaver at the ISU community garden says the lack of weeding can really suck the life out of your plot.

“Some of the gardeners just don’t do a good job weeding, and it is a sacrifice, weedy plots means the produce won’t be as good,” said Weaver.

Experts say a great tool for your garden is to surround your crop with straw.

but when the weeds pop up, the old-fashioned way is the best way, just get out there and start pulling. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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