Just a few days ago, I planted the last of my garden. The weather reports look good for the next month. Unfortunately, I forgot one tiny little detail. Colorado is located on the very edge of tornado alley. Oops! Needless to say, I got a wake up call when one of our usual spring hail storms hit. Despite my lack of preparedness this year, I’m normally quite diligent about prepping for tornado season in the garden. Is your garden ready?
Don’t make the same mistake I did.
I’m not sure why I forgot about tornado season this year. I’ve been living in Denver for a long time. I know to be ready for the unexpected. Sometimes that expression, “Do as I say, not as I do” is actually good advice. Luckily, my garden didn’t suffer much from my absentmindedness. One of my peppers lost a few leaves. We were able to get everything covered, despite my lack of preparedness. Of course, it would have been better if I had done things differently. I can’t go back in time. What I can do is use this experience to be sure I’m prepared for the next storm.
Buckets and tarps
We all know that we can use buckets, pots, tarps and more to protect our gardens from strong winds, pelting rain and hail. What we don’t often do is keep them handy. Dashing about, looking for appropriately sized buckets and tarps in a hail storm was a good lesson for me. I could have saved myself some stress if I’d just been ready ahead of time.
Buckets at the ready
My daughter uses kitty litter in buckets for her pets. I re-purpose them. Sometimes I drill holes in them and use them as pots. Sometimes I use them to collect weeds while I’m working in the garden. Sometimes I carry and store soil and compost in them. The point is, there are always some hanging around.
Thank goodness, because that’s what I used to cover my peppers when it started hailing. Now, imagine if I stored them in the garden, right next to the peppers. It would have made a difference to the one pepper plant that lost it’s leaves. Plus, who knows how much it will help when the next tornado decides to roll past?
Tarps and bricks too
I got really lucky finding tarps to cover my tomatoes with. We just grabbed them from the kitchen table, where we had a painting project ready. What if we hadn’t been painting? I’m afraid my newly planted tomatoes would have fallen victim to tornado season.
From now on, there will be tarps hanging over the garden fence. A few bricks will be right next to them. Bricks hold the tarps and buckets down in strong winds. They may not be much help in an actual tornado. They will protect against the hail that often comes with them. Are you ready for tornado season? I will be now, thanks to my own absentmindedness.
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