Few things are more disheartening than putting your soul into your garden, only to have it wrecked by cases of extreme weather. However testing it may be, don’t let the weather be victorious. By meticulously following the forecast, you can take preventative steps to help protect your crops from devastations such as hailstorms, blistering heat, and frost.
Challenging heat waves can yield hefty setbacks in your garden, especially if some of your crops are already struggling. Defending your garden from heat damage can be quite simple – just don’t forget to be mindful of your own needs when you are gardening in 100 degree weather – you can’t take care of a garden if you aren’t taking care of yourself!
A ten-minute hailstorm can devastate an entire garden, making it arguably the most demoralizing of extreme weather. If you live in an area that hosts many a hailstorm – such as the plains states – a little pre-storm preparation could save your bounty.
Though frosts can make certain crops taste better, it can also be very damaging to new growth. Plan ahead before a frost is expected so that you can protect susceptible plants from frost damage.
There is much to be said for planning for the forecast. Even a little bit of prevention will go a long way – and if nothing else, you can use your damaged crops to make jam, sauce, or pesto. You can also invest in a Green City Growers cold frame to make overwintering easier and your plants more vigorous, as well as extend your growing season to make up for crops that were lost to weather damage.