No triumphant return. Sigh!

As promised, I dragged my two boys away from their video games and we went to the Mega Store to buy some plants. We picked up some tomato and peppers and bought cucumber and watermelon seeds (my boys picked the seeds of what they wanted to grow)

Knowing the unpredictable Kansas weather, I waited until the 21st of April to plant the young vegetable plants. Alas!, it was not to be. On Monday, we got a torrential downpour with plant-destroying hail; then, on Tuesday, the overnight temperature dropped to 25 degrees.

As I’ve said before, the motto for Kansas gardeners should be “Resistance Is Futile”.

And of course, my fruit trees lost all their blooms. So no fruit either.

I can only hope the cucumbers and the watermelons do well so I can have something to post here.

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After a week of freaky cold temperatures that did nothing for my tomatoes and peppers, I now have to worry about the severe tornadoes (is there any other kind? fluffy, mildly annoying maybe?) we are expecting this afternoon. And dangerous hail is expected as well! –I think they say dangerous when the hail is golf ball size and larger.  At least a tornado is somewhat localized, but with hail no plant in the area is safe!

What really chaps my saddle is that I just bought the cinder blocks to install my second rain barrel and also, I bought the last of the tomato cages for the season. I sure hope I have any plants left to water and to support with my cages after today. Like I said: sigh…!


A strong storm did hit us but thankfully there was no hail and no tornadoes so all we got was a lot of water. I also found that my 35 gallon barrel was leaking at the valve so I transferred the rain water that was left in it to the new rain barrel –25 gallons total.

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Hail AND High Water

The first murderous hail storm of the season descended upon my plants like an Old Testament plague. Gardening in Kansas requires the patience of Job. Here is a photo of the pea to dime size hail pummeling my California Wonder sweet pepper plants that just got planted yesterday:

Death from the skies

This hail storm follows several days of high winds which sometimes gusted to 50 miles per hour (approx. 80 kilometers per hour); not to mention the temperatures in the mid 80’s Fahrenheit (around 29 C).  Like I said, if you don’t have a thick skin, gardening in Kansas is not for you.

White death

I am too chicken to go see the rest of my plants. I hope that this is not a repeat of 3 years ago when we got 5 or so hail storms in a two week period.  That year, my plants never recovered and I had to buy plants from a garden center.