Tomatoes and Corn Survive Spring Hailstorm

Pictures tell the story of how our garden survived a forty minute hailstorm with ‘only’ one inch stones and four inches of pelting rain. I woke at dawn to see what the after sunset storm had wrought. Thank God, it is manageable but, we had to replace some tomato plants and even planted a few more rows of butter beans and a few watermelon hills. It took a lot of shoveling and grading the driveway too.Β  Now I know why I needed all the ‘extra’ tomato plants.


Driveway Shows Fury of Storm

Brandywine Tomato Plants Pelted, Pruned, and Put Low, but Most Still Live

Luckily, Cornstalks Still Stand, Though Leaves Are Quite Shredded

Looks Like Four Inches of Precipitation to Me

Thank God, the Leaf Pasted Roof is Fine

Italian Flint Corn Askew, and Purple Hull Pea Row Pounded, while Two New Rows of the Peas with the Seed Peas Still on the Baby Pea Plants Took the Beating in Stride

French Red Scallions and Garlics Witness Deluge

Tomato Plant Bruised, Bent, and Branch Broken

Muddy Prints, Some Deep Soaking but Garden Drained Well and Didn’t Have Much Standing Water

Garden a Bit Disoriented but Still Green

Gloves at the Ready, These Were Muddy Soon

Greenhouse Holds Hope

Tomato Reinforcements

Tomato Plants, I Need You!

Tomato Plants Left Out For Planting In Pretty Good Shape Despite Being Caught Hail (They Were Kind of Protected by Corn Row)

Back to the drawing board, as they say………..