Well, here's an update on my mushy wet garden. It did rain the other day so I didn't get out to cultivate right then, but since then it's dried out again. We never did get another real gully washer that fills up the sump holes and needs to be pumped out. Yay!
The squash and pickles in the hill are looking great. The ones in the depressed areas are looking better than they did! I don't know if what I did helped them but they aren't getting any yellower, and the pickles are setting fruit and so are the squash! Mr. Doodlepunk is very happy. He loves his summer squash, and pickles too. If we have nothing else he would be happy with all the pickles he can eat.
The tomatoes are another story. Only two plants have blossoms, the rest are still small but alive. I'm probably not going to have enough to can this year, but we have learned that we should probably always do raised beds back there. I have a plan for a drip or soaker hose type irrigation system, using the horse trough and rain water and a soaker hose. Nothing fancy but it should work just fine. Might have to figure out a way to filter the rain barrel stuff so it doesn't clog the hose, though.