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Post  GWN on Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:20 pm

I am wondering what, if anything a person can do for tomato and pepper plants with a severe storm warning
i am debating whether staking them  better would be suggested. I am sure that there are many people here who have WAY more experience with this than I.

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Re: Severe storm warning question

Post  sanderson on Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:07 pm

GWN,  Your question made me look at the nation weather warnings.  Being away from news for 3 days put me behind.  I'll be watching this thread for an answer.  With all your wood chips on the ground, at least they won't be beaten down into the mud.  Hope everything survives for you and others in storm paths.
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Re: Severe storm warning question

Post  Marc Iverson on Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:05 pm

GWN, do you have any of the side branches of your tomatoes well secured? I've found that the wind goes for the weak spots, and when I just support a main stem or two but forget about the side branches, I can come to the garden next morning and find the side branches broken off even if the main stems look fine. Sometimes peeling their way all the way down the stem on the way down. Sad

I've had some luck treating heavy side branches as if I were growing a single stem tomato and one of those branches was a whole tomato plant in and of itself, wrapping them with thick twine, hung from above, every few inches. It creates so many potential stress points all along the limb, I think, that it evens out the pressure so there's not much stress on any one point.
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Re: Severe storm warning question

Post  GWN on Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:44 am

Well the power is back on, so I can answer
WOW what a storm it was, lasted in its strongest for about 40 mins.
We have a birch and cottonwood tree in our front yard and watching them bent almost in half I really wondered how my tomatoes were doing.

I have WAYYY too many tomatoes to even attempt to secure the branches. I am growing 120 of them, and I usually have them pretty secure, but I have been away and have gotten behind.   So I quickly went through (I had a few hours notice) and made sure my ties were as high up the plants as possible.
Then as the storm was starting I thought about my peppers. I have not staked them at all, just pruned them, as one of the discussions here earlier this year.
I have been out to check and  garden appears to have done well. The grapes look to be quite a mess, especially the higher branches that were waving around. BUT tomatoes and peppers appear to have done well.  
Sanderson you made a good point about the chips. The city nearest us had flash flooding (approx 1 inch of rain in 20 mins), which I am sure we also had, but it just soaked into the chips... no mud.
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