Well folks, the weather here has been downright weird this year.
First we had the abnormally cool and wet spring and early summer, then we had crazy hot and dry weather for most of September. Seriously, it's been in the high 80's or low 90's most days without a single drop of rain for 6 weeks...
...until last night.
But here's the crazy part, it didn't just rain, we got nickle-quarter sized hail. Seriously, it's nearly October and we got hail! WTF???
Good news is that the hail house performed brilliantly!
It all just rolled off the top and sides and collected along the edges leaving my little plants safe inside. Yay!
For the sake of comparison, here's what happened to the part of the zucchini plant that was growing outside of the "protected zone."
I'm just hoping that the "impact resistant" shingles did their job too...
They made it through the last 2 storms unscathed, while everybody in the neighborhood who didn't pay the extra few hundred bucks for the upgrade is replacing their roofs... The people across the alley just finished getting their roof replaced last week! I sure hope they went for the upgrade this time around!
So my next step is to work on covering up any sharp pieces of metal sticking out on the hail house so I can put the plastic cover on it when it gets cold without worrying about it getting torn. That is if it ever gets cold! Seriously, our nighttime temps have been in the 50's and 60's! I'm not exactly complaining about that since it's meant that the garden has been producing overtime, but it is odd.
Anyhow... I've been making refrigerator pickles to deal with the surplus cucumbers...
And I'm freezing the extra cherry tomatoes so I can toss them into stews or roasted veggie mixes if it ever gets cool enough for that sort of thing. I've also got 3-4 limb sized zucchinis that got away from me in the fridge waiting for it to get cool enough to bake zucchini bread. (I'm giggling about the misplaced modifier in that sentence... picturing the zucchini running around in the back of the fridge or something.)
I think the hail house was definitely worth the investment, and hopefully it will mean many years of gardening bliss in the future!
So tell me... how are your gardens doing? Is the weather as crazy where you live as it is here?