Living on the frontier has it's benefits and it's drawbacks. We love the unobstructed view of the mountains, the amazing sunsets, how quiet it is at night, that we can walk out our backdoor and go for a hike or go mountain biking, we love watching the antelope, and we love that we can see so many stars at night.
All these benefits come with some drawbacks though. One of the drawbacks are the extreme gusts of wind. It was terrible last night and kept us all up for about an hour. See this trampoline, it ended up in our yard, and it belongs in the yard of the cute yellow house.
If the wind can do that to a trampoline, just imagine what it can do to my garden!
No need to imagine, this is what it does to my garden.
Saturday we got our garden planted, Sunday we had hail. Luckily most everything survived. Monday morning I was on my 5:30 am run with my friend Heather, I was telling her how stressed I was about my garden. She told me about what she does to protect her garden.
Her husband is the principal of a local high school. After the lunch cooks finish cooking, he collects all the large empty food cans and brings them home. She then opens the bottom of the can leaving about 2 inches of the bottom connected to the can. She places a can over each plant and pushes it into the ground a little so it won't blow away.
The little plant can still get sunlight, but has some protection against the wind.
For the smaller plants, if you get hail, you can flip the lid to protect it from the hail.
Her husband was so nice and brought some home for me too!
The result.....a trashy looking garden. But, hopefully we will have some plants that can survive the elements.
What are your tips for protection against the wind?