I mentioned in my post yesterday that we had some ferocious winds here on Monday and Tuesday. How ferocious?
Well, they ripped one of my red kuri squash plants right out of the dirt. The one you see on the right was out of the ground except for one feeble, white rootlet when I found it. I "replanted" it but it doesn't look like it will make it. The one on the left doesn't look too good either. I put a couple more seeds in the hill, but it's getting too far along in the growing season for any seeds to sprout, grow, form vines and fruits, and mature before frost hits.
The same thing happened with my pie pumpkin vines. None were ripped out of the ground, but they do look so sad that I planted more of those seeds, too.
The zucchini plants sustained a few broken leaf stems, but will survive.
My dill and purple mustard plants were laid flat, but seem to be rebounding now.
This poor cherry tomato plant is another victim of the wind. The leaves are losing their green coloring, becoming dry and brittle and curling up.
Being a gardener requires you to learn to roll with the punches, doesn't it? We all have setbacks of one sort or the other to deal with. I don't know what one can do to combat a natural happening such as high winds though.
Wait, I do! Plant everything inside a huge hoop house that covers the entire garden. A huge hoop house that is fastened down VERY securely!
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