by A.J. Coltrane
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Alternate titles: “Dominoes!” or … “Total Carnage!”
We chose not to add any supplementary support to the tomato cages this year. Last year, everything was fine, why wouldn’t it be this year?
Because today it got windy. Then it got really windy. Windy enough that I went to the back window to check on the plants…
I watched the garden as the wind howled from a strange direction. The zucchini trellis toppled over. It struck the nearest tomato cage, which collapsed into the next cage…:
Then 10,000 houses lost power.
With help, we lifted everything to vertical. I tied the cages to cinder blocks, then installed the pvc supports that I had thought were important last year, but not this year…
We lucked out — everything landed on everything else. I doubt we lost more than a couple of pounds of produce, though it’s going to be “fried green tomatoes week”. We got a full sheet tray of not-ripe fruit. It seems that none of the vines snapped, though we’ll know for sure soon.
It’s raining freakishly hard tonight. The thunder just made the cats scatter. The peppers were looking bedraggled after the wind, we’ll see what we have left tomorrow. It could have been much worse.