Hail Recovery

Flowers, the step before fruit.

Now that the fire is nearly contained and I see little if any smoke plumes when I look at the mountains, my focus is back on food.

Showcase 2 and the Ranch Community garden were the hardest hit by the hail. Showcase 1 hardly got any and I hear it is trucking right along. The others took some time to recover, but overall are doing pretty well. In Showcase 2, one of the three tomato plants hasn’t recovered, but still refuses to turn brown. The other two, however, are doing beautifully. The one that had to regrow from the roots is a little slower, but both are growing quickly. The peppers have all regrown leaves and are also growing in size. The potatoes have something new going on at the moment that I need to figure out, but before that happened, they had almost regrown into a solid green layer as they were before the hail. I am re-planting all of the seeds, but I think their failure to germinate has far more to do with my inability to keep them wet enough than anything else.

Replanting with straw mulch. Maybe this will help with the moisture issue.

In the RCG beds, my tomatoes are doing great. The cherry tomato plant even has some blossoms. My tiny pepper plant seems to be getting worse, but I’m not a big pepper eater, so it’s not that big of a loss. The carrots in Bed A had taken forever to germinate, so they missed the hail and are quite happy with life. The ones in Bed B had been a little quicker, so I did lose a fair number of them. Both beds have perfectly happy onion sprouts. The radishes, beets, and turnips, however, were all replanted today. Each of them was large enough to get beaten up by the hail, but not large enough to survive it, with the exception of three beets in Bed B. However, to turn over that section for the other 13 beets it would hold, those three did have to be sacrificed.

They’re hard to see, but there are tiny carrots in front and skinny onions in back.

When I looked around the garden as a whole, I had no idea who had totally replanted and who had let their plants recover. However, I did notice that two of the tomatoes I couldn’t bear to replace with the donations looked absolutely thrilled with life. I had been told that plants would (mostly) recover from hail. I believe it, now. Even the ones that are not native and therefore have not figured out how to deal with this are doing their best to get in the growth they need to be able to set fruit to carry the seeds for the next generation.

The beans weren’t too happy with life for a while, but they seem to be getting over it.

Naturally, I forgot my camera when I went to the garden today, so these pictures are from before the fire. The plants have only improved since then. A major perk of growing organic produce that I indulged in is that the three beetlings and a lambs-quarter that was growing in an inconvenient spot could just be rinsed off at the spigot and eaten as an appetizer before I went home to make dinner. There’s no reason to waste good food, after all.

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