So, you planted the last of your garden with great success, except for one tiny detail? Colorado is located on the very edge of tornado alley. Oops! Needless to say, you may get a wake up call when one of our usual spring hail storms hits. Obviously, it’s vital to be diligent about prepping for tornado season in the garden. Is your garden ready?
We all know that we can use pots, tarps and more to protect our gardens from strong winds, pelting rain and hail. What we don’t often do is keep them handy. Dashing about looking for appropriately sized pots and tarps in a hail storm will quickly teach you to have tarps ready and easily accessible before the storm
It’s not necessary to buy expensive covers for your plants in tornado season. Buckets will do the trick. You can purchase them quite inexpensively at big box home improvement stores. As an alternative, you might want to start saving kitty litter buckets, large detergent buckets and even glass jars to cover smaller plants. Once again, keep them as close at hand as possible.
It’s a good idea to also keep a stack of bricks in the garden. Why? Well, during a hailstorm, winds are quite high. Placing bricks atop your buckets, jars or pots will keep them from blowing off when the storm hits. Keep in mind, however, that if a tornado actually hits your garden directly, no amount of coverage will save it. Still, the chances are greater that all you’ll be dealing with are the high winds, heavy rain and hail, in which case, you should be fine when using the above methods.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.