Every gardener put effort, money, and love into creating a beautiful garden. If that garden vanishes in a storm or heavy rain? it will be heartbreaking Right?
We can’t predict or control nature, however, we can minimize the damage as much as possible. Today In Chennai, I faced a severe cyclone named Nivar, warning was given two days before its been easy to prepare for the impact. The problem is we Don’t know exactly how much the impact will be. I newly sow some cherry tomato and cabbage, cauliflower for our winter season. I’ve already written about the Seasonal chart of Tamilnadu you can check that article here: Season chart / Sowing table for Tamilnadu.
Vegetables like Snake gourd, Bitter gourd, and Ridge gourds grow well and give a better harvest. We have grown more than 250+ Plants in a container/ Growbag on an open terrace. I will share some of the methods I tried in this scenario.
Drainage holes: The excess water will drain throw the holes we place under the pots or grow bag. Some will make holes in the bottom side, however, the idea is to drain the excess water in the pot so that there won’t be any root rot or damage. Check your Drainage holes are working properly
Trellis / Support system for Plants: Every plant needs some support the climb or grow tall. Make sure the plants are well supported by a trellis or stick so that the plant won’t break or be damaged.
Cleanliness: If the leaves or sticks block the rainwater to pass from the area or if your garden is a mess during a storm it may destroy your garden
Keep your garden clean so that there won’t be any Waterlogg
Garden tools: Keep your garden tools inside, and if possible cover your garden tools so that there won’t be any water sprinkles on the tools. Please note that most of the garden tools are iron, so it has more chance to rust so don’t take chances.
Seedling tray: We can keep our seedling tray inside until the storm pass. We can grow seedling plants indoors for up to 3-4 weeks (Duration differs as per plant type)
Poly covers: Cover your garden using Polysheets to protect it from winds and heavy rains. It protects the plants from pouring rain, and also it helps to save buds/flowers/fruits/vegetable’s in the plant from falling due to heavy rain and wind.
These are some techniques I used to protect my garden, it worked efficiently, and Hope it works for you too. These techniques may not protect completely, however they will reduce the damage level.