Over-wet tomato plants – help!

Over-wet tomato plants – help!

It's my first year gardening up here in NE Ohio, where the soil is pretty much all clay. I'm learning a lot, but I really need some advice! LOL

I should mention that we have very few soil amendments in the garden because we weren't actually able to choose a place for a plot until the same weekend we needed to plant. I added some all-purpose fertilizer to all the plants and vermiculite to the pepper and tomato plants.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize that while the entire garden slopes slightly one way, there seems to be a dip and then a rise right where I planted my tomato plants - with the plants in the dip and the rise just outside the garden. So when it rained - a lot - over the beginning of the week, water literally puddled around my plants for a day or two. Even now, four days later, the soil is still a nasty muck, and it's obviously not drying out well except on the other side of the garden, where I can finally walk. :( We're in the process of mulching more around the plants, but it rained so much the mulch started to wash away - it actually looks like maybe the garden was flooded a bit, because some of it looks pushed to one side.

Anyway, all that to say my tomato plants look terrible. Thank goodness I staked them up off the ground right before this happened, but it's not helping all that much - all my plants are completely wilted, but most are still green. A couple are starting to get yellow leaves. I've never grown tomatoes before, but I know this isn't good. What can be done to save them?

I've thought about digging up around the roots and adding a ton of vermiculite and leaf mulch (if I can get some.) I'm not sure how sensitive the roots are, though. Should I just wait it out?

And what can I do to prevent this in the future? I'm just not sure mulch would have saved them, since there was so much rain! I guess what I need is something to keep the water from pooling around the roots. My husband suggested I dig some trenches to reroute water should it rain that heavily again, and I'm going to try that.


On the plus side, the rain has really helped my black raspberry and blackberry "weeds" (since they are growing wild and intimidate me into keeping them wild) We've harvested enough black raspberries for a couple batches of jam - only my son ate most of them, lol.

I'm always nervous to try things with my plants because this is almost literally the first time I've not actually killed my plants! LOL So I look to you all for confirmation that my ideas are decent, or for much better ideas from all you experienced gardeners! TIA!!!
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