When the 9 p.m. news came on FOX tonight, the talk of thunderstorms moving into the area caused my ears to perk up…because I have been obsessively checking the weather forecast for the past few days, and I KNOW that there was nothing forecasted in the way of rain until Saturday.
With that knowledge, I had left all the plants (including the peppers and eggplant) outside for the night, with the intent that I would reevaluate and perhaps take them in at some point tomorrow.
So, the impending weather, with potential winds in the 40-60 mph range, maybe some hail, heavy rain, etc, didn’t exactly sound like what the plant doctor ordered. After all, the point of putting seedlings outside is to harden them off, not commit plant abuse or murder. (Well, sometimes maybe, but not in this case. )
After about 15 minutes of waffling, I decided to drag my husband out to the Demo Garden and help me haul everything back inside. The eggplant and peppers are back under the lights, but the tomatoes are residing on the floor. I noticed when we carried them in that some of the tomatoes are showing some sunburn on the leaves. Oh well. It doesn’t appear too serious, and the new leaves they put on will be better able to withstand the outdoor weather. (I’ll try to get some pictures posted tomorrow.)
On the drive home I realized why we are getting unpredicted rain – I watered the entire garden today. Yep, it never fails. Watering = rain. Now that I took all the plants inside, I have virtually guaranteed that the worst of the rain will miss us tonight. Sometimes gardening is this insane balancing act!