I have spent my entire life living on the East Coast, upstate NY is generally pretty hidden from most natural disasters (blizzards don’t count!). Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Tsunami’s and Earthquakes sometimes make slight disturbances in my life, but that usually just means an extra day of rain or an aftershock. So, you can imagine my shock when I heard that we have a hurricane headed our way with the possibility to make some real damage! I don’t live near the coast, but as of today there should be substantial winds and over ten inches of rain on Sunday. I am not worried about my safety, but am worried about what may happen outdoors. I live in a wooded area and am nervous about giant trees smashing into my house! One of the other things I am worried about is the safety of my families garden (is that sad?). Anyway, late August for us means that almost all of the veggies are almost ready!
This year we planted lots of different herbs, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, yellow squash & butternut squash.
I have done a bit of research on how to protect your garden from heavy winds and substantial rain. Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot you can do. Because we don’t really know exactly what will happen, you have to prepare the best that you can and assess the damage later. Here I will list some of the more helpful hints that I have found.
- Make sure that nothing can lift off of the ground. That means: put away all chairs, bird-feeders, birdhouses, barbaques, wind chimes, etc in a garage or shed where they won’t fly away.
- Pick any produce that may be close to being mature.
- Cut back any herbs and attempt to preserve them.
- Hope for the best!
- Survey the damage. Remove any debris from the garden and pickup any produce that may have fallen off during the storm.
- Check for exposed roots & replenish nutrients. Heavy rains will have diminished any stored nutrients that the plants have been storing, spray the plants with any natural fertilizer that you have.