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3 Inches of rainfall

On Monday morning, June 9, 2014, 3 inches of rain fell over the course of a few hours. Standing water around the raised garden bed eventually percolated into the soil, charging the soil with a healthy water content.

All crops thrived in the days after the rain, except for tomatoes. The row of tomatoes planted in the row area near the raised garden beds show a sort of curling in the leaves and stems that I usually associate with herbicides. In the week prior, a crop duster was spotted upwind, and drift may have indeed affected the tomatoes.


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