chile.. darn wind!!
Hubby had his150 or so chile plants he grows from seed at the stage where they needed to be acclimated to the outdoors. Yesterday we moved the many trays of the chilies in their individual cups out to the garden & placed the trays on sheets of plywood & covered the whole area with row cloths. Day was overcast, warm & little breeze but during the night the wind must have picked up & though the row cloths were still in place, the movement bent over most of the plants beneath!! Thankfully, no plants broke & by afternoon it seems the plants are standing back a lot. First week in May they will all be transplanted into the garden. Oh, what tricks Mother Nature can play on we gardeners, huh?! Cousin in the NE had drought, heat, horrible garden last year, now: late snows, rain, rain,late frosts... can't till the garden because of the mud!! Here in zone 7 New Mexico fruit trees got an early start, warm winter, early spring, little fruits had set... now a late frost one night last week & think ALL are lost for the season! We get good fruit crops maybe every three years!!