Monday, June 15, 2009

Hail in June

And just like that, our beautiful garden ... wiped out in a hail storm. Never, in our 29 years of gardening here have we seen anything like it. The storm just sat over us and dumped pea size hail for about 10 minutes. Thousands of heads of lettuce....gone. I am still hoping that it's early enough in the season that the decapitated tomatoes can do some growing( perhaps that's just my optimism). Don't know about the eggplants, the leaves are just skeletonized ....And the ice itself, will it just freeze the plant tissue?
It's really an amazing sight. There are literally piles of hail on the ground, some around 5"deep. And no, we have no insurance ( even if we could get it for our small acreage, the price would be prohibitive). We do know all about the vagaries of weather, but never expect the worst!

Take a look at these pictures:

I'll let you all know how it turns out, today it seems pretty sad and hopeless, but, tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Garden Grows

Summer needs to happen at a quick pace here in Vermont. So much to do each and every day. Just in the last 2 weeks we've planted over 1,400 plants of various tomatoes, peppers and eggplants,put in all of the tomato posts, and now this week we're tilling, beginning to weave the tomatoes, weed,and as soon as it drys out after today's rain, mulch the garden.The corn's been seeded, potatoes planted. And soon, perhaps, we'll have a chance to catch our breath.
As I move from one task to the other, I do try to take in the beauty of it all. It changes so fast, I want to grab the day and watch it go by in a slower motion, appreciate the unfolding beauty.
Thank you for sharing this with me.

young pepper plants in black plastic

Tomatoes after their first weave

Utani, watching the eggplant grow