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Michigan Gardening: Michigan Storm 07/11/11

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annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 12, 2011
3:35 AM

Post #8687487

Yeaterday was not a good day for my garden. We had a fast moving storm come through, blew down the tomatoes, after the storm, we put cages around them and are trying to save them. The sweet corn was blown right out of the ground, pulled up by 60-70- mph winds. there are trees down on houses, power outs, and many people wishing they had more insurance. Seem like every year just as the gardens are really getting good we have these kind of storms. Oh, well back to propping up plants.
Loon
AuGres, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2011
8:43 AM

Post #8687918

So sorry to hear that. I hope some recover in time to bare fruit for you. Since you say you get these storms every year perhaps you should consider planting a wind break around your garden. THink that might help some? I have an 8 foot chain link fence around my main vegetable garden. Not sure if the fencing provides enough wind break or not. I guess anything that breaks up the wall of wind would help. It sure does keep out the deer and rabbits. We spray the fruit trees and I always add a bit of liquid fence in to keep the deer off them. Maybe plant the garden in a large dug out ditch or build a berm with soil around the garden. Something to think about. I really don't know the answer. Just thinking outloud.

Gardening can get challening. THat is for sure.
annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 12, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8688440

How right you are. We have decided we will not plant anymore sweet corn, i can buy it locally and saw myself the grief.
Goldenberry
Northeast, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8688460

I'm across the lake from you. My tomato plants in containers were all knocked over. Amazingly there was little damage to them due to the cages I had around the plants, which protected them from major breakage when they fell. I'm going to anchor the pots to the ground with big fence stakes and bungee cords tonight. Should probably have done it before now but I really didn't think all that weight would tip over, since the containers are pretty bottom-heavy. The foliage acts like a sail, it appears.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8688498

It blew and rained like crazy for about 10 minutes, blew over several tomato cages but really not much damage.

Paul
glevely
Sanford, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 12, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8688887

WOW we came through there Monday on our way home from upstate N.Y. sorry for you but glad we missed it hope every thing gets back to normal soon
Gloria

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