|The view isn't too shabby from our garden plot.|
And then it hailed the day after I finished putting in all of my plants outside. The problem was, we weren't home when it happened. If we were, we could have stood outside with umbrellas over our plants or dragged our tub garden under the overhang. Unfortunately, we returned home shortly after it finished to find random piles of hail resembling snow covered the area. I was very upset and somewhat frantically removing chunks of ice from the bases of our tub plants when Dave saved the day with some xmas lights and a plastic tarp.
The next day we surveyed the damage to the garden plot and the tubs. This hail storm took most of the leaves off of my plants and the leaves that were left were scarred and yellowed. So, I wandered back to the store and got three more tomato plants, two more pepper plants, and one more strawberry plant. Assuming the hail-damaged plants would soon die, I planted the new plants in very close proximity to the half-dead ones. In the case of the tomatoes, all of the plants survived, so now I have six HUGE tomato plants within about a 2 by 2 foot area. Oops!
We got hail several times after this and one time Dave was able to collect a few hail specimens and save them in our freezer. Only in a house with two meteorologists would hail in a freezer be considered a romantic gesture!
Anyway, on Friday we took a walk to the garden plot and discovered our first rewards, four ripe tomatoes! I left for the airport minutes later, and took one for the road. Not knowing if it would be allowed through security, I sat there at DIA and enjoyed my tomato.