Oh Hail!

We garden in Colorado! We know the heartbreak of the 5 or 10 minute storm that can undo 500 hours of hard work.

When hail strikes—what’s a gardener to do?

  • Wait a day or two. Let the sun shine and the anger subside. The damage will be easier to evaluate after some time has passed. This is a good time to work on a new margarita recipe!
  • Remove debris that could encourage the onset of disease.
  • Prune selectively. Remove broken stems and leaf parts. Even parts of leaves can be removed. Make angled cuts for a more natural look.
  • Feed your plants with a gentle nitrogen fertilizer. We recommend Age Old Grow or Age Old Kelp liquid fertilizer.
  • Watch for insect infestations. Bad bugs tend to pick on weakened plants.
  • Try Fertilome Triple Action, a blend of naturally occurring pesticides for your garden, or OMRI approved Safer Insect Killing Soap.
  • Re-evaluate plant choice and positioning. Fine-leafed plants generally tolerate hail better than those with large leaves. Many natives are well-adapted to hail. Position plants prone to hail damage under trees or on an east facing wall or fence.
  • Have a plentiful array of patio pots. Those that are spared can be moved into place while others recover.
  • This is why God invented ANNUALS. They can be purchased in full-bloom-and put in areas that need instant color and give INSTANT gratification!
  • Conclusion….Keep a hail-thy attitude, and say “What the hail-where are those margaritas?”

 

6 Responses to “Oh Hail!”

  1. Brian says:

    Nothing worse than a hail-decimated garden. Being prepared for this with tarps/posts to hold up the tarp around the garden while also checking the daily forecast for storms is a must here. If you’re heading out before a storm hits, a couple hours of shade is far less disastrous than your hard grown plants being machine gunned with ice balls.

    • Douglas Powell says:

      Great advice, just be sure to angle your tarps so the hailstones roll off to the side and do not collapse the whole thing as a result.

      ~Doug

  2. roofing companies Fort Collins  says:

    Great info on hail!

  3. Kathy Meikel says:

    I love your sense of humor regarding hail. Why not use some of the hail stones to MAKE that ‘rita! 😁😂😃

  4. Diane Kristoff says:

    Covering plants with empty plant pots works great, just remove when hail is over. Hint from a native!

  5. Donna Lambert says:

    Love this article! And if you want mojitos or mint Jules I have a ton of mint that was spared…right next to the veggies and bleeding hearts that weren’t!

Leave a Reply

If you have questions regarding our inventory or plant availability, please submit your question through our contact form. Questions regarding inventory availability will not be answered in the comments section.