The heartbreak of gardening is a harsh lesson, but don’t give up on your garden! It’s still early in the season and there’s plenty of time to get new plants in the ground. We have plenty of vegetable plants still inside our greenhouses, big and healthy! So if your garden took a beating, replant plants that are beyond saving ASAP and you'll be back on track to fresh, home-grown vegetables before you know it.
Some plants are worth saving, but others are goners. There’s no steadfast rule for hail-damaged plants, so use your best judgment to decide a plant’s fate. Here are a few tips for rejuvenating your garden:
Keep as many remaining leaves as possible. If more than half of a leaf is intact, leave it and let it create energy for the plant.
Remove broken and shredded leaves, stems, and branches.
Fertilize lightly. Liquid kelp, fish emulsion, and compost tea will help the plant come out of shock and get back to growing without overwhelming it.
If you have nothing but stems left, replace your plants. Peppers and tomatoes take a long time to mature and new plants will do better than damaged, rebounding plants.
Root crops with no foliage probably won’t recuperate. Give them a few days to allow them to regrow. If they don’t, pull them and plant again, keeping in mind how many days they need to mature.
Remove flower stems and damaged foliage from perennials.
We have a great stock of tomatoes, pepper plants, melons, squash, and more! So don't let yourself get too discouraged, and come pick out some new plants so that you can get back on track as soon as possible!