Steady 10-15 mph winds plus 20 mph gusts do not invite tinkering in the yard at all, and so not only will tasks go undone today, but there will be even more debris to rake up tomorrow. The chickens don't like it either and are hunkered down in the corner of their yard.
The worst part is that the wind damages tender seedlings, recent transplants and even some relatively mature plants, and at the very least dries everything up quite a bit.
|Broken, bent and wind-burned squash leaves|
|Damaged romaine lettuce leaves|
|Possible lost cucumber plant|
|Wind damage or something else on this apple?|
I find it's important to monitor soil water content a lot more during windy days, especially when we have several in a row as we did last week. Sometimes I'm surprised by how dry certain beds get compared to others.
|Moisture level is high in the chard bed|
Factors such as sun exposure, whether a plant is in a pot, raised bed, or directly in the Davis clay, and how much compost or other organic matter I've added to the soil make a difference in how the wind affects soil moisture. This "Patio Star" squash plant will need to be monitored more closely during windy spells not only because squash need more water than other plants, but also because it's in a terra cotta pot, which loses moisture more quickly.
One thing that doesn't seem to mind the wind (or our hot weather for that matter) is the spinach. This year I tried a new variety, Bloomsdale, and it's growing well, hasn't bolted and is tasty.
|Bloomsdale spinach, from Peaceful Valley Farms seed|
How is your homestead holding up in this nasty wind?