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Post  SewingMom on 5/27/2011, 12:07 pm

We had a terrible storm here about a week after I planted my plants out in the garden. Tornadoes touched down just a few miles from here and the wind and golf ball size hail ruined most of my garden Sad Sad I can't believe this happened after all the time and effort I put into my garden Sad

I live in very north central Illinois (right by the Wisconsin border) - do I even have time to replant? Can I do seeds or do I need to find plants? Most of the plants at the nursery places are sold out because I'm not the only one whose garden was destroyed by the storm. I'd like to do seeds but I'm thinking maybe I should just do the plants or I won't get a harvest at all. From looking in the book it looks like most things are going to need to be planted again as plants. I'm especially interested in finding out about tomatoes.


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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/27/2011, 12:25 pm


It is disheartening when your garden takes a big hit like this after you have worked so hard to get it going. So sorry for the damage to your garden, but at least you and your family are safe.

Tomatoes have such long days to harvest, it is unlikely that you could start from direct seeding this late in the year. Most of us can't start tomatoes by direct seeding even if we have a long growing season. Plants seem your only option for tomatoes this year.

Perhaps you can direct seed beans (bush or pole), summer squash, and cucumbers. Under favorable conditions, these can start producing in as litttle as 8 to 9 weeks after direct seeding.

Keep trying! Good thoughts for you.

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Post  Lemonie on 5/27/2011, 1:21 pm

We had crazy storms here as well and a got my garden in late...though had started my seeds indoor. However, then the worst "storm" hit after I got everything planted....the dogs thought I was actually putting in a playground w/ buffet Evil or Very Mad Within a few days- most young plants were lost and some were "transplanted" in squares far away. Now the fence is up, pups on a short leash and I've had to buy some and seed others. I know it will be a later harvest- but weather is now cooperating and I think it will be a great bounty when it all comes in. I don't think I could handle waiting too much longer for fresh tomatoes and peppers- so I gave in to buying those plants.

Hope your weather cooperates from here on out and you get to enjoy your garden after all.

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Post  walshevak on 5/27/2011, 3:54 pm

When I lived in Fairfax, VA, zone (7a or 6b - never paid any attention then) I usually planted everything on Memorial Day Weekend. Hey, that's right now. Laughing Tomatos, collards and peppers I bought starts, cukes, pole beans, turnips (for greens) were direct seeded. If I remember right, I was harvesting by late July. Not an extensive list but it was what my kids liked to eat. So go for replacement tomatos, pepper and maybe even the cukes, and try seeding some beans. Eggplant would have to be bought as a start.


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Post  fiddleman on 5/27/2011, 5:51 pm

Having just gone through a similar thing, I can sympathize with you 100%, I am so sorry for the loss of your garden and the dreams of an early bountiful harvest.

I would suggest starting the tomato seeds in vermiculite, then transplanting the seedling directly into the garden. You'll still have tomatoes this year, but perhaps a bit later. Given proper conditions (summer temps and water) in my experience you can practically sit in the garden and watch them grow. I just planted my cucumbers, they'll do fine for you. Green peppers may be a bit trickier, but I would still think if you start them by seed in vermiculite and transplant them, they should be okay. In Mel's old book, he would start plants directly in the garden by poking a hole in the soil, nearly filling the hole with vermiculite and placing the seed into the vermiculite and then putting a bit more vermiculite to cover the seed. Perhaps this is a way to accomplish the same thing with out having a bunch of starts in the kitchen windows.

At the very least you can have a fall harvest garden of peas beans broccoli and stuff!

I feel your pain, and hopefully you'll get a great harvest yet out of your garden.

You've paid your dues this year and hopefully it will be perfect growing weather for us all real soon!

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Post  SewingMom on 5/27/2011, 9:53 pm

Thanks for the replies and sympathy. I was sad my garden was ruined but I have farm animals outside and they were fine and my little barn was still standing so that was a relief. I ran to the nursery a little while ago and they did have some plants left. I figured I'd better get over there before the 3-day weekend crowd hit and bought everything. I will plant those and start a few things in vermiculite and see how that goes.

Funny thing was about 2 days before the storm I told my husband I just had a couple more things to plant and then I could just sit back and wait for my veggies to grow and harvest them. Little did I know I was going to have to replant everything lol.


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