My poor garden veggies have been/are under triple assault: hail, bugs, and weeds. I just came in from a session of weeding, cutting off broken limbs, harvesting some of the broken/hole-y stuff, pitching the rest. It looks like it will take several sessions to get my plants happy again.
We’ve had a lot of rain (with hail and other severe stuff), then good sun, resulting in all of the problems. I do pretty well for an hour out there, particularly with our new raised beds, but I think it will take three or four more sessions to catch up. And THEN, guess what! We have more rain forecast for four days next week…
When you first glance at things, it doesn’t look very bad.
The closer you get, though, the more you see.
Here you see a BUNCH of broken tops on the onions. This doesn’t matter as much on onions as it does on other plants.
The spinach has broken leaves, and someone is trying to eat the spinach before we do. I harvested a BUNCH of broken leaves that will still make good eating, but not ‘pretty.’
This is one of the spaghetti squash plants. You can see the holes in the leaves. I don’t know if that will kill the actual squash trying to grow or not.
The romaine lettuce is basically really healthy, but you can see broken and/or eaten leaves, plus little bitty weeds that have sprung up in the last couple of days.
Red lettuce leaf isn’t really a ‘pretty’ plant to my eye, but it tastes good IF it doesn’t get beaten down by hail and eaten by bugs…
I’ll try to get back out several times today and again tomorrow. The rains aren’t supposed to start until late tomorrow night – and hopefully, we won’t have hail this time…