Obliterated.

Obliterated.

My garden is completely decimated. Hail storm. Some of the greens (lettuce, mesclun, spinach and chard) are completely buried in hail. My husband told me on the phone, earlier today, that one of our tomato plants had a bloom starting. I was looking forward, all day, to coming home and seeing my first bloom. Now the tomatoes are completely shredded, totally destroyed, mostly just beat up stems with a few scraps of leaves. Peppers are shredded, pumpkins are destroyed, garlic is broken and half buried. Maybe the carrots will make it, though most of those little greens are buried under the hail. One or two of the squashes might make it (butternut, zucchini and yellow) and the cucumbers, which we doubted would produce anyway because the spot we put them in doesn't get as much sun as we thought, might make it because they're only about 3 inches high and appeared to be somewhat protected by the lattice next to them, in preparation for their vining. I'm pretty devastated myself. Money is more than tight for us so buying more seedlings is not an option. And it would just happen again, hail is common here and we'd planned on making some hail screens to put up, but with storms like this one it wouldn't have helped, we wouldn't have put them up before leaving the house. And making anything out of screen and wood that could be left up all the time would be way out of our price range. At 2:30 it was gloriously sunny, clear blue sky, not even a breeze...my husband and mother in law took the bus into downtown to meet me for a late lunch. We got home at 5 and there is 2 inches of hail in some places in our yard. Storm came out of *no*where. And the growing season is so short here...I can replant the lettuce and mesclun and we'd probably have that in a month but there's not enough time now to start anything else from seed. This is our first garden. It may very well be our last, too much time and money was wasted on this. Well, the time wasn't wasted, we enjoyed it, but the money was hard to come by but going to be offset by feeding ourselves a bit. All that money, wasted, we just can't do that again. I hate this.
First Pictures

First Pictures

Plant I.D. help

Plant I.D. help

The Community Garden (allotment)

The Community Garden (allotment)

re-planting hydrangeas?

re-planting hydrangeas?

bird nest fern

bird nest fern

fungus among us!

fungus among us!