Mary's Veggie Garden

June 5, 2017

Shredded!

Filed under: Floating Row Cover,Hail,Kohlrabi,Onions,Tomatoes,Vegetables,Weather — marysveggiegarden @ 11:49 am
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Thursday afternoon I arrived at my community garden plot to discover everything was shredded. It literally looks like everything was run through a cheese grater.

Wednesday evening a severe thunderstorm traveled through the area. At home the branches tossed in vicious winds and small hail fell for about a minute. However my home garden sustained almost no damage. There was a tornado about a mile to the south, but the community gardens are 2 miles north.

Over the last few days I’ve put the story together. Gardeners who were much closer to the Community Gardens said hail fell for “10 minutes”. One said it was ” as large as her fist” (she has a small hand, but that is still large.)

The hail came from the north. The only undamaged plants are adjacent to the north fence. My neighbors onions, on the north side of my north fence, were shredded. I have some Egyptian walking onions. Their sturdy flower stalks are scarred on the half facing north and almost unblemished on the south side.

Friday and Saturday I took pictures then cleaned up.

The snapped kohlrabi leaves.

I harvested the kohlrabi that lost most of it leaves. I’m hoping the rest have enough leaves remaining to fuel growth of the bulb.

The typical romaine lettuce after being pummeled by hail.

The romaine bed was in tatters. The plants were just starting to form heads. I’m hoping they will continue to head up and not bolt from the stress.

The tops of the pea plants are snapped off.

Curiously, only the tall variety lost it tops, the shorter variety was just fine, even though growing on the same fence.

 

Hail punched holes through the floating row covers.

Snapped leaves on the plants underneath the row cover.

The most damage  to row covers occurred in  unsupported sections such as the suspended areas between plants where the hail punched right through. Notice how good the Chinese cabbage was looking. There is no flea beetle damage when grown under a row cover. I’m hoping the Chinese cabbages will continue to head up since the centers look undamaged.

The leaves and tops were snapped off the tomato plants.

Hail snapped  leaves and tops off the tomato plants. With the tops gone, the suckers started growing fast and are visible in this picture 2 days after the storm. During cleanup I removed the flower buds. The fruit will be better if the plants have leaves.

The onions took a beating.

The good news is that my garden at home is undamaged. Since the start of May I’ve been foraging for greens every morning. The greens are washed, chopped, and stirred into the scrambled eggs for breakfast. The mix changes but this colander is fairly typical.

Mess o’greens. L-R leaf of Tyfon-Holland greens (single large leaf), garlic mustard leaves, Red Giant mustard, garlic and common chives and a leaf of sorrel.

Garlic mustard is a common invasive weed. It’s a biennial – flowers it’s second year. The garlic flavor is quite mild. Garlic mustard leaves are easy to harvest from the flower stalks, reasonably tender and clean. I’ve also foraged the leaves of first year plants but the leaf stems are wiry and tough and should be removed.

Garlic mustard – a common yard weed.

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