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Post  carolintexas on 5/25/2010, 2:19 am

ARGHHH!... 12:30 a.m. and the tornado sirens are going off! Not too worried about a tornado ...worry doesn't help and I'm prepared BUT I looked outside and we have marble size hail! Can't see my garden from the front or back door to see how the garden is taking it .... 6 hrs til daylight and I can check on my babies...I had about a dozen green tomatoes and several little bell peppers. Sad but the good news is we are getting rain, lots of it. If my tomato and pepper plants are broken and pounded to death do I have to pull them up or will the roots sent up new shoots?

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Post  Garden_State on 5/25/2010, 6:30 am

Hope everything turned out ok...and that you and your plants are safe!!!
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Post  Megan on 5/25/2010, 7:01 am

What a horrible wait... my heart goes out to you!
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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/25/2010, 7:34 am

Ok its daylight here.. how are the babies !!
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/25/2010, 9:33 am

If your tomatoes did experience damage, don't pull them. They will come back better than ever. We had a large hailstorm here a few years ago and my garden was demolished. A friend told me to keep on watering. The tomato harvest was a bit later than usual, but WOW! what a harvest. Tomatoes are extremely resilient. And please send that rain (minus hail) our way -- the storms are dancing all around us, but no appreciable rain here in the last month, and we are dry.

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Post  carolintexas on 5/25/2010, 4:07 pm

Whew! Garden is fine. Thank you for asking. I stayed up most of the night worrying about my plants. We had hard rain, lots of lightning, just a little hail but the tornado sirens kept going off. Thank goodness none touched down in my area but in the panhandle of Tx we have probably had at least 6 tornadoes in maybe a 15 to 60 mile or less area from my home just in May. My big leaved things like pumpkin & eggplant are kinda beaten up and flowers on tomatoes gone but basically everything is ok. I enjoy every minute in the garden even though there isn't anything to do right now but look! Just wish everything grew faster. Photos of everyone else's gardens are great. I didn't plant bedding plants...tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, strawberries, eggplant, okra, pumpkin...just about every kind of veggie plant i could find.. until the first and second week of May and planted seeds along in there that are just coming up. Maybe by July 4th my garden will be beautiful too!

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/25/2010, 4:19 pm

@carolintexas wrote:Whew! Garden is fine. Thank you for asking. .... Maybe by July 4th my garden will be beautiful too!

Good to hear your garden is OK. And, yes, your garden will look wonderful in a month. I'm about a month ahead of you, and mine is just now beginning to look lush and full.

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Post  LaFee on 5/25/2010, 4:21 pm

I had hail here tonight, too, Carol...big, heavy stuff (1/2"!)...I went flying out the back door with an umbrella (and boy, was it pouring down rain)...I'd just wadded up my garden fleece and put it with the garbage because it had torn in a few places...so I snagged it back and threw it over my box...I'll go back out in the morning, but I think I saved it all...more reason why the protected corner was a good choice...but I was panicking to think I'd go out and find puree where my garden should be!

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Post  chocolatepop on 5/25/2010, 4:32 pm

I am glad that you, and your "babies" are safe. What is up with the weather this year!?!
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Post  Megan on 5/27/2010, 10:27 pm

Ahhhhhhh!!! It is hailing outside..... No
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Post  Chopper on 5/27/2010, 11:35 pm

Then what are you doing inside?? Go out your body between the hail and the plants!

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Post  Megan on 5/27/2010, 11:40 pm

Everything is flat on the ground... too dark to see more.
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Post  Wyldflower on 5/27/2010, 11:47 pm

I'm so sorry Megan... I hope that in the morning when you go out to see what has happened that it isn't nearly as bad as you fear. My heart goes out to you.
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Post  Megan on 5/27/2010, 11:51 pm

Thank you. I hope so, too.
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Post  Chopper on 5/28/2010, 12:09 am

Remember, plants are pretty resilient if they aren't actually destroyed. Let us know.

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Post  carolintexas on 5/28/2010, 12:21 am

Oh Megan, I'm sorry. I hope you go out in the morning and everything is fairly fine. Sending good thoughts your way...Carol

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Post  Megan on 5/28/2010, 7:14 am

In its own strange way it's probably a good thing my plants are still so small. The rain and hail really chewed up the MM and splattered it all over my plants, but nothing seems to be actually broken. The radishes, which are among my biggest right now, took a beating, but I can live with that. The lettuce looks highly offended, too, but I think/hope it will spring back.

A few of my other plants were so covered with soil that I thought they were gone at first, so I've been doing some very careful digging and/or firming soil around the stems this morning. They are all VERY dirty... should I be trying to wash off the leaves?

Thanks so much for your thoughts!
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Post  Wyldflower on 5/28/2010, 12:00 pm

Megan, I'm happy for you that your babies didn't suffer any severe damage. I think you probably should rinse off the leaves that have soil on them. The leaves need to be able to 'see the light' to photosynthesize; and there's a chance that the soil may transmit organisms to the leaves that could cause problems.

Again, I'm sooo glad your plants are okay!
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Post  Megan on 5/28/2010, 1:06 pm

That's what I was wondering, Wyldflower, thanks!

Turns out I did lose a few plants after all, but nothing that I'm not still thinning.
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