Thanks to everyone who posted nice messages of sympathy for the loss of much of my garden! Fellow gardeners know the pain!! We are counting our blessings, as we never lost power and there was no damage to our house. From a drive around Blacksburg, it looks like our tree was one of the larger ones to come down.
I’ve taken inventory now and here’s what we lost: all the heirloom tomatoes (still have some romas on the other side of the garden on the only part of the trellis that survived); all the peppers; one of the tomatillos (I have two that are damaged but I think may bounce back; those plants are hard to kill!); all the pole beans; the vining cucumbers (I planted some bush cucumbers on the other side of the garden that survived); all but one zinnia; all but one cosmos (and it’s not looking so hot); the muskmelons and watermelons; the swiss chard; all but a half dozen of the peanut plants; the sweet potatoes; a half a dozen squash plants; and assorted flowers. There’s other stuff that’s squashed but hanging in there.
I am a little worried about my asparagus. Nearly all the ferns were broken off and, since the ferns store food throughout the summer for next year, I wonder if we’ll get any asparagus next spring.
And so, I’ll begin Vegetable Garden #2. I picked up a few heirloom tomato and pepper plants, and some flowers for cutting, at end of year sales. And, I have some sweet potato slips left that I never found homes for, so those will get planted. Plus I’ll start some more seeds of things that still have time to grow, and will likely have a larger than normal fall garden. We’ll still get some food out of this garden this year!