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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/25/2012, 12:45 pm

Looks like a big blow coming this way, folks! Shocked

My garden is still going strong here in New England. I thought I may harvest all that I can this Sunday, and throw blankets over the rest weighted with bricks.

What will you do to get your garden ready?

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Post  camprn on 10/25/2012, 5:02 pm

Nada. I am not watering the compost pile as I build it because the rain will come soon enough. The only things I have left to really worry about are the Brussels sprouts and I will just add more Mel's mix (stolen from another empty bed) to the top of what is there to secure the roots a bit more.
Other than that, I have already planted the gray shallots and hard neck garlic, all I have my soft neck garlic to plant.
I am trying to get as many leaves up off the ground and into the compost pile before the storm comes, if it comes.

Now outside the garden I am picking up anything that may blow away and making sure the bee hives are secure with good weight atop them.

Why are you going to use blankets. It seems to me that those would act more like sails.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/26/2012, 12:48 pm

I had read that there may be snow with the storm so I thought blankets would be the way to go, no? But now it looks like the storms will hit way south of us so I'm not going to do anything but harvest everything possible due to winds. No blankets.

How would you do it if there were high winds and snow, and your garden was still going?

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Post  walshevak on 10/26/2012, 2:00 pm

My hatches are battened down. Just finished tying down the lawn furniture. Wouldn't you know I just put the greenhouse up a few days ago. But I've got it tied to the deck in addition to the regular stakes. Puts some of my peppers and some other pots inside. Also just finished putting up the plastic on the hoops when I put the greenhouse up. Took the hoops down (plastic and all) and stored under the tabletops. Only thing left is to harvest the latest round of tomatos and some lettuce. Cook up a pound of bacon and know I can have BLTs if the power goes out. Hopefully I can get the hoops back up before the cold comes in on Mon night. Although I'm not expecting frost in my area.

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Post  gregrenee88 on 10/26/2012, 2:12 pm

Our beds are asleep now. Just need to put up loose items around the yard. Stay safe everyone!!
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Post  VJ72584 on 10/26/2012, 4:19 pm

If you are in the area expecting the hurricane - throw a few gallon jugs of water in your freezer - or bags of ice. The jugs thaw slow and you'll have them if your water system gets compromised.

I hope your gardens aren't damaged, but I especially hope you don't lose the things you've put in the freezer. You never know how bad a hurricane will be. The category is deceptive.
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Sandy............

Post  binfordmj on 10/26/2012, 8:16 pm

These things tend to act like living breathing beasts. One never knows for certain exactly what they will do.

Best of luck to everyone in her path, and stay safe.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 10/26/2012, 8:41 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I had read that there may be snow with the storm so I thought blankets would be the way to go, no? But now it looks like the storms will hit way south of us so I'm not going to do anything but harvest everything possible due to winds. No blankets.

How would you do it if there were high winds and snow, and your garden was still going?

CC

It would depend on what was left and how long the snow would hang around. Several years I put sheets over tomatoes that were in tomato cages and that protected them from a quick frost in the fall where it would warm up for a few more weeks. The zucchini wasn't saved because it freaks out and dies when there is any cold snap. There is probably a way to get some heat to stay with the zucchini.

This year we were expecting high winds one day and I tried to get my tomatoes gently off the trellis and to lie down on the ground and ended up breaking off a stem. I was also trying to get blankets over plants and the wind just blew them off before I could get them anchored down. I ended up just leaving everything that I hadn't damaged by trying to protect them. I should have started before the winds got so strong but I didn't know about it til the last minute. That wind was not freezing so the plants were fine. I'm sure some people have other ways you can protect your garden.

Be safe all of you!
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Post  quiltbea on 10/26/2012, 11:41 pm

I'm not sure where it will hit now. The changes in the report are daily.
My beds are about done except for parsnips underground and kale. The hardneck garlic is planted and growing already. I won't cover them with leaves and straw til after the storm passes and the frosts arrive.
I just want to take down the plastic vinyl on my A-frame tomorrow so it won't blow over. The bed is done for the year anyway.
Wishing that you all stay safe during the coming week.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/28/2012, 6:27 pm

Just in on our New England news channel: first power outage has been reported and it's in Harwich - MY TOWN! ugh! We're ready. How's everyone else doing?

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Post  camprn on 10/28/2012, 6:47 pm

I took down all my trellis systems, finished building the compost pile (for now), cleaned the gutters, secured the potted plants that still need to go in before winter, filled the kerosene lamps and did the laundry. Supper's cooking, will run the dishwasher and fill jugs for water.

I know I'm forgetting something... Shocked

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/28/2012, 6:50 pm

Did you make the coffee yet?

We made a pot of tea and put it into the thermos and now we're brewing up some coffee and will heat it on tealights if need be.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 10/28/2012, 6:59 pm

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Post  camprn on 10/28/2012, 7:25 pm

LOL CC. I just put the coffee maker on the timer as usual, hoping the power remains on during the night. I do have a moka pot and a gas stove, so if power goes out I have no fear of having no coffee in the morning. I remembered that I needed to make bread, so that is going now.
And they finally canceled school!

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Post  walshevak on 10/28/2012, 7:29 pm

Wind has finally slowed down here just inland from Kitty Hawk/Nags Head. Blowing but not whining around the house.
One trellis is half down. Hope that's it.
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Post  camprn on 10/28/2012, 7:36 pm

@walshevak wrote:Wind has finally slowed down here just inland from Kitty Hawk/Nags Head. Blowing but not whining around the house.
One trellis is half down. Hope that's it.
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Fingers crossed Kay. It's about time to take the trellis down in any case.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/28/2012, 8:17 pm

We've got rain! We've had hi winds all day today - about 35+ mph. They are forecasting 75 by the time we get up in the morning. Also, just heard there are power outages in So. NH.

@camprn wrote:I do have a moka pot and a gas stove, so if power goes out I have no fear of having no coffee in the morning.

We tried to get natural gas brought up to the house but those criminals, National Grid, want $1500 to do that. Then we'd have to get it hooked up to whatever appliances ourselves. Mad NStar said they'd bring it up to the house for free but then realized they don't service our area. So not fair!

Is your stove natural or propane?

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Post  camprn on 10/28/2012, 8:31 pm

The city gas lines run all over in my neighborhood, however, the closest line ends 100 feet from the house. I have propane, bottle gas.

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Post  walshevak on 10/29/2012, 5:16 am

@camprn wrote:
@walshevak wrote:Wind has finally slowed down here just inland from Kitty Hawk/Nags Head. Blowing but not whining around the house.
One trellis is half down. Hope that's it.
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Fingers crossed Kay. It's about time to take the trellis down in any case.

Nope, the butter beans on it are just starting to really produce. In fact the weight of the wet vines combined with the wind is probably what bent the one leg of the EMT. We still have about 2 weeks or so before average first frost. Don't expect to be able to get out to it till Wed. RAIN, RAIN, RAIN

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/29/2012, 8:13 am

Still live here in Harwich. Supposed to get gusts to 80mph in a while now that Sandy has strengthened. Waiting for something from my job in Chatham to let me know whether or not I have to go in today. So far, nothing. I'd hate to have to drive there, it's very windy out already and Chatham is suppose to flood mid day.

I can't believe this but the tulle is still on my garden! I thought it would be stuck up in a neighbors tree by now.


Heading out front now to take a video for my Facebook snowbird neighbors.

How's everyone else holding up?


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Post  camprn on 10/29/2012, 10:06 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:

How's everyone else holding up?


I just went out and planted 118 cloves of soft neck garlic in a 4x6. Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/29/2012, 10:48 am

@camprn wrote:I just went out and planted 118 cloves of soft neck garlic in a 4x6. Very Happy

OMG! That is so funny! Why not?

I'm at work in Chatham. Mad

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/29/2012, 2:26 pm

OK, back home safe and sound again. Had stop by the beach on the way from work though. It was unreal...the water was higher than I've ever seen it in 40 yrs. Came home plastered with sand on side of my face, in my mouth, ear, hair. yuk.

Tulle STILL on the garden. Those clothespins are amazing!!! okay

Can't believe we still have power...

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Post  camprn on 10/29/2012, 2:53 pm


A year ago, Hurricane Irene came through and we were HIT HARD, damage in the billions of dollars and loss of life.

Now we have Sandy coming close. If you are in up state and interior NY, PA, Eastern OH, CT, MA, VT NH batten down the hatches, hang onto your hats, it's going to be beyond a bumpy ride. Do not hesitate to head for higher ground.

http://gothamist.com/2012/10/29/compare_satellite_images_of_sandy_a.php

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/29/2012, 4:21 pm

That's an amazing link, Camp! Thanks for that.

Power surges starting here...it's just a matter of time. Gotta log off.

Stay safe all!

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