Oh Hail!

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My veggie garden scarecrow, Mz. Buckethead of 2017.  (Her head/face, beneath the bucket, came from an artist and is made of clay.)

Here is our weather forecast from Accuweather for tomorrow:

Day

77°Hi RealFeel® 78° Precipitation 75%

A severe afternoon t-storm; storms may bring downpours, large hail, damaging winds, and a tornado

Night

55°Lo RealFeel® 54° Precipitation 55%

A strong t-storm early; partly cloudy; storms may bring downpours, large hail and damaging winds

I’ve lived in Texas on and off since the 4th grade and have seen my share of bad weather.  In fact, Texas is well- known for its fast-changing weather, and I’m sure this won’t be the first or last post by a Texas garden blogger regarding hail.

Obviously, tornadoes surpass hail in terms of the damage they do, but for a gardener it’s much harder to fight a tornado than hail if it lands in your garden.  Hail can sort of be handled if the gardener, in this case me, has a little warning.

Reading the weather forecast last night, gave me pause, but I am up to the challenge, as much as one can be.

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Citronella cutting.

For one thing, I will postpone transplanting more verbena seedlings into pots from their plastic garden-sowing bottles where they’re protected. The already potted seedlings will come into the house.  I also won’t attempt to plant my citronella cutting outdoors until the bad weather’s past.

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Upside down plastic plant saucer ready to be moved over the small cucumber plant behind it.

If my yard is hit by hail, I don’t want the new cucumber plants (gift from a friend), my baby asparagus, or my lovely new peach tree obliterated, so all of these will be covered if possible.  I’m not as worried about established plants although I realize they are subject to damage.  Equally as important, I don’t want chipped or cracked pots, broken clay birdbaths, glass shards in the lanterns, or dents in my watering cans.

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Metal wash tubs removed from hanging on the fence ready to take their place over the waterlily pots to prevent hail from hitting the top of each pot’s lip.

Those of you who live in the Midwestern US understand about these kinds of storms because you get them too.  Anyone else out there who gets hail?  And if you do, what do you do?

Fortunately, I have the time and materials to be proactive and reduce potential damage unless of course the hail comes with a tornado.

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Watering cans and other stuff about to be moved beneath the overturned wheelbarrow.

The materials I use are lots of heavy moving blankets, those ugly old plastic nursery pots many of us keep but don’t know why, and my garbage cans that store plant blankets.  I also move items (birdbaths, pots, glass items) to areas where they are covered or inside the house.

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Chimney pot covered by heavy moving blanket. I may lay the chimney pot on its side so the blanket doesn’t act like a sail.

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Black plastic  nursery pot slit to cover clay bird house.  (Bicycle baskets still need planting.)

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Miscellaneous items stuffed in garbage can, which has a lid.

Plant blankets come out of the garbage cans to cover potted plants, and small pieces of pottery, etc. go inside the cans in their place.

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Birdbath hiding beneath metal bench.  Hoping hail won’t fit through the metal’s slits.

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Pots and birdbath under concrete table and benches.

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Pots along fence covered with plant blankets.

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Miscellaneous glass & ceramic items brought inside.

Moving all of these items took a good two hours. I will cover the plants tomorrow morning.  I feel it’s less expensive and heart-wrench to protect everything rather than to throw things away or replace items & plants.

I also realize I may still end up with damage.  There are no guarantees.

Just wish there was something I could do to protect my roof !!!!

5 thoughts on “Oh Hail!

  1. You have some very helpful creative ideas to protect your plants and garden items. We do get large hail in Victoria. It has been known to reach golf ball or even cricket ball size in some locations. I’m afraid all we have done in the past if damaging hail was forecast was to put the car under the carport and hope for the best for everything else. Here these types of storms are usually random and unpredictable and everyone tends to leave things to chance but covering things is a good idea. I hope that the hail or anything else does not eventuate and that your roof and garden stays safe.

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    1. While I’ve never seen cricket ball size hail, I have two friends who did. One lost her convertible car covering and the upholstery on her car seats to the hail and another lost three very large windows and some siding. Cricket-size hail is dangerous. For me, I only lost a divided window pane to marble-size hail, but getting it repaired was difficult because the entire window had to be removed. My hope is this preparedness turns out to be for nothing. (I’m not the only one who stands to lose as the local Master Gardeners are hosting their fund-raising plant sale outdoors today and tomorrow.)

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    1. I think London would be ideal place to garden. BUT I accept the wild weather challenge of Texas and I’m just very happy to have good soil at this house. Thanks for your comment!

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