Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

Was not that bad! NYC and the rooftop garden certainly dodged a bullet. Damage was minimal and easily repaired.

The reed fence on the front chimney split near the edge. Zip ties were used for a quick fix.

The wind collar on the soybeans helped them survive the strong winds. The bungee cord was placed specifically for the storm and has since been removed.

The last Tasty Bites melon dropped from the vine, but I don't know if it was because of the storm or because it was ripe. Even though it was much smaller than the earlier fruits it was still utterly delicious. I don't regret letting the plant linger to mature this single fruit.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

The bungee cords holding the cage for the Sun Gold cherry tomato plant lost tension, but thankfully it didn't fall over so the plant is still producing fruit.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

This is the only plant damage I found when I returned, a single branch from the Sun Gold cherry. Before I left for the weekend I gave that plant a serious haircut to prevent it from swaying in the wind. It was the right choice because I'm sure if I didn't it would have lost a lot more than just one branch.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

So how did your garden do in the storm?

Aug 25-Aug 31:

Cherry Tomato (Sungold): 0.8 ounces

Eggplants (Fairy Tale): 7.4 ounces

Melon (Tasty Bites): 5.9 ounces

Pepper (Atris): 13.1 ounces

Pepper (King Crimson): 3.4 ounces

This Harvest: 1 pound, 14.6 ounces

Running Weight Total 2011: 47 pounds, 11.6 ounces

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  1. Not too bad. I was wondering how rooftop gardens like yours would be affected by Irene. Glad everyone survived.

  2. I was surprised by the lack of damage. I was expecting to walk onto a scene much like last year's tornado. I'm glad I didn't though!

  3. Our garden fared pretty well too. We were all lucky.


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