I’ve planted a vegetable garden just about every year of my adult life. Some years the produce is bountiful. I get so many zucchini that people who come to visit lock their car doors – they don’t want to end up with the zucchini stowaways that I slip onto the front seat when they are not looking.
Some years, though, parts of the garden go missing. The white tail deer are especially fond of beans, lettuce and carrots. One year an underground rodent of some description ate many of the potatoes.
The most destruction, however, comes from a hail storm.
Hail! We could hear the distinctive plonk sound on the roof as each white pellet fell from the sky. Within minutes the ground was littered with battered leaves and drifts of hail stones.
The damage to everything green was extensive.
And the Vegetable Garden – the photos are too gruesome to publish…
I can’t remember ever having two hail storms in one day, but four hours after the first storm, another rolled in. The sound of the hail on the roof warned us that these hailstones were even larger than the ones from the earlier storm.
Hail this size is scary. It was a relief once it finally stopped! By then it was too late in the day to go outside to assess the damage, so we contented ourselves with merely mopping up the few spots inside the house where the driving rain/hail had entered through a leak in the roof and under one door.
The next morning we surveyed the damage. Plants with big green leaves don’t have big leaves any more. Plants with little green leaves have fewer leaves. Plants with narrow green leaves – less damage. Thistles – seemingly unscathed.
The mosquito population seems undiminished…
Our roofer will arrive eventually to fix the leak and check the shingles and eavestrough – but we are far from being the first in line. Other homes were hit even harder than us.
Storms come, and are so personal, they seem to know your address and have the key to your house.
– Reverend Jesse Jackson –
Do you ever ask yourself why you live where you do? What roots keep you tethered to a place that seems so determined to make you want to leave it!?