>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
>Thanks for your help!
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
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
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?