As you already know, this time of year tends to be very rainy and windy. Springtime, Summer & autumn is crazy, sporadic weather can pose a threat to the safety of your garden plants!
There are ways, however, to keep your crops protected. Here are some ideas on how to protect your garden from being damaged on those heavy rain and wind days:
Fences Adding fencing around your garden will function as a great windbreak! Any fencing with 50% gaps will do the job just fine. Note: Do NOT add solid walls and fences around your garden’s perimeter.
This will not protect your crops from the wind — it will create a stronger current that will come up and over these walls and into your garden.
Mulch We know that we talk about mulch a lot, but that is because mulch benefits your garden in so many ways! It even protects your soil from the wind. Wind dries out the soil, so adding mulch to your garden will keep its soil nice and moist. It will also keep your soil from blowing everywhere!
Pruning Tend to your trees so that they will have the greatest chance as possible to withstand strong winds. If you have any trees that are longer, thinner, heavier on the top, or weak in any way, prune them well.
Rain barrels are an excellent way to get rid of excess water.
Cover You don’t necessarily have to cover all of your plants, but you should probably cover the small and weak ones. You can make your own covers, too!
Milk jugs or other large plastic bottles are a great option. All you have to do is cut off the tops of these plastic containers and place them over your plants. Remove the covers once the heavy rain has passed.
Raised beds Make sure that your garden isn’t at a lower level than your yard. This can pose problems such as sitting water and washouts. If your garden happens to be at a lower level than the rest of your yard, you will want to add raised beds to prevent heavy rain damage.
If you cannot add raised beds to your garden, barriers are a great alternative. Hay and old stakes are good choices to use as barriers.
Extra Soil Your plants could always use an extra anchor to keep them upright! Put extra soil around the bottom of your plants. This will give them more stability when the hail does come. This will also keep the soil from washing away.
Pots and Cardboard Protect your plants from hail by covering them! You can put items such as pots, garbage cans, or baskets over your plants during a hailstorm.
Cover plants that are on the edge of the garden with things such as cardboard, fiberglass, or wood. You can prop them against a wall or create a teepee shape over the plant(s) you are trying to cover. Again, be sure to remove the covering once the storm is over.
Stakes If you plant stakes higher than the tallest plant around the border of your garden, you can place a tarp over your crops. Place heavy items like bricks or rocks over the corners to keep the tarp weighed down during wind.