Ferns broken by wind gusts

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Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Daniel Dumy » Tue, 28 Mar 1995 09:07:59



I'm planning ahead - my Fiddlehead Ferns haven't even broken through the
surface yet.  However, for the past two years, our ferns have been broken,
nearly at ground level, by spring-time wind gusts.  Any suggestions how I
can prevent this?  Should I mound up more earth around the ferns?  Or set
rocks around them?  Or perhaps set up a tomato cage around them (ugly, but
perhaps effective).  

Thanks for your help!

Daniel
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Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Craig Math » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 04:00:00



says...

Quote:

>I'm planning ahead - my Fiddlehead Ferns haven't even broken through the
>surface yet.  However, for the past two years, our ferns have been broken,
>nearly at ground level, by spring-time wind gusts.  Any suggestions how I
>can prevent this?  Should I mound up more earth around the ferns?  Or set
>rocks around them?  Or perhaps set up a tomato cage around them (ugly, but
>perhaps effective).  

>Thanks for your help!

>Daniel

Hi Daniel,
  I'm having the same type of problem, but not with ferns!  In my case, our
strong Texas winds over the past week have broken all my little tomato
seedlings which I just set out, plus one of my little clematis vines, half
of a pair that is planted on each side of an arbor at my Garden gate.  :(
  Over the next week I'm planning on setting out a bunch of little pepper
plants.  I read the other day that pepper plants are somewhat fragile
and easily broken in wind.  This is my very first garden and I REALLY don't
want to see them all destroyed by the winds my first year out...
  At this point I've got little "hot tops" over my tomato plants -- 2- and
3-liter soda bottles with the black plastic bottoms cut off, leaving only
the clear plastic top with the screwtop left off for ventilation.  I hope
this will give my little tomatoes time to recover from the last gusty
destruction...
  It would be great to get some good suggestions for how to combat this
problem -- I'm getting desperate!  Other than planting near a windbreak of
taller plants -- which I don't have right now -- what do all of you suggest?

Help?!

Thanks much,
Joan

 
 
 

Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Susan Sander » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>surface yet.  However, for the past two years, our ferns have been
broken,
>nearly at ground level, by spring-time wind gusts.  Any suggestions how I
>can prevent this?  Should I mound up more earth around the ferns?  Or set

Maybe put up some snow fence temporarily.  It would temper the wind
without blocking it completely, perhaps enough to let the plants toughen
up put not break.  (As for the veggie seedlings, were they planted out
straight from indoors?  If so, it would help to "harden them off" first;
that is, put them outside in their pots, or whatever they're growing in,
in a sheltered, somewhat shady place, and gradually move them over a
period or, oh, maybe a week to ten days, into more sun and wind).
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Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Gray Ded » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 04:00:00


:   I'm having the same type of problem, but not with ferns!  In my case, our
: strong Texas winds over the past week have broken all my little tomato
: seedlings which I just set out, plus one of my little clematis vines, half

: problem -- I'm getting desperate!  Other than planting near a windbreak of
: taller plants -- which I don't have right now -- what do all of you suggest?

Haybales and/or two inch redwood lattice (expensive).  This will let
some wind through, otherwise the wind will just flow over the shapes.
don't put the bales down in an orderly fashion, either.

or

Half bury container plants that are wind resistant (such as little pines)
so they won't blow over or root while at same time putting the plants
that will grow to break wind between them and the seedlings.

gray

 
 
 

Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Jeff Co » Fri, 31 Mar 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>  At this point I've got little "hot tops" over my tomato plants -- 2- and
>3-liter soda bottles with the black plastic bottoms cut off, leaving only
>the clear plastic top with the screwtop left off for ventilation.  I hope
>this will give my little tomatoes time to recover from the last gusty
>destruction...

Oooooooh, I _like_ this idea, I'm going to try it.  I'm going to try
using milk jugs, too.  Sorry I don't have an answer for your question,
but I just wanted to thank you for a great tip--I've been trying to
think of good ways to cover my plants until the weather gets nicer.
This will be just perfect for what I need.  Ain't Usenet great?
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Ferns broken by wind gusts

Post by Jeff Co » Sat, 01 Apr 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Half bury container plants that are wind resistant (such as little pines)
>so they won't blow over or root while at same time putting the plants
>that will grow to break wind between them and the seedlings.

                   ^^^^^^^^^^

It's reeeeealy tempting, but I promise I won't make fun of this.  Hard to
resist, though...

snicker...  snort...  ahem...  :-)
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