Friday, April 17, 2009


This is not snow, but hail:

It hit while I was at work, so I couldn't do anything about it except watch it come down and worry about my tomatoes and peppers.

When I finally got home and checked on them, most looked a little battered, but I figured they'd survive:

So I breathed a sigh of relief and went inside for some supper. And then a second round of hail hit, bigger than the first. I grabbed a hard hat to protect my noggin and ran outside to cover everything I could with pots. I don't know if I got there in time, though. As soon as it gets first light this morning, I'll go out and check on everything. I have a feeling the news will not be good...

UPDATE: Damage Report

Sugar snap pea
Chiopas wild cherry tomato

Badly Battered, with questionable prospects:
One "Aunt Ruby German Green" and one "Paul Robeson" (tomatoes)
One "Big Jim," one poblano (Peppers)
One tomatillo

Battered but will surely recover:
One "Aunt Ruby German Green," one "Paul Robeson"
One "Big Jim," one poblano
One "Sweet Chocolate" pepper
Italian flat leaf parsley

All garlic

Not as bad as it could have been.


  1. Do you think the weather gods are reading your blog and just delayed things for a few days out of spite?

    Fingers croosed things are OK in the morning.

  2. That is EXACTLY what happened to me last summer, Susan--a round of hail that didn't do too much damage and then another in the evening that did much more. I hope that's it for the bad luck you get this season.

  3. Oh sheesh, doesn't it figure? I say shoot the weather forcaste. Get it right next time dude, or else!

  4. Sorry to hear about the damage...we only got rain down here in Central Texas. I got a little less than 2 inches, and I'm thankful for all of it (but why does it rain the day before the weekend begins...when you had plans to work in the garden?). My brother lives about 50 miles away and he got almost 10 inches. He'll have standing water and a soggy garden for a long time to come.

  5. Oh crumb, I can't believe it! You were so ready before... poor plants. Is this a pretty common thing in your area? How does anyone ever raise veggies, if so? How daunting. Well, at least the garlic survived. I think you are just not meant to have sugar snap peas this year, sorry I suggested them!

  6. Oh dear, what a mess.Sorry your plants got ruined when you had so much growing already.Weather, can't live with it and can't live without it but it could be nice to us :-)

  7. Ugh, so sad. I saw the crazy hail you all had on television. Something about floods and hail? It looked crazy. Hopefully this is the last of it for a long time.

  8. Well, hail is certainly no fun. I hope most things recover as expected - and that it isn't too late to plant some of those things that you've lost. Sounds like a very fun combination!

  9. Ah, it's always something isn't it? I'm just glad you weren't outside on you're bike, I expect it wold not be pleasant even with a helmet.


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