Rough Year for Hail Storms

I started receiving messages from friends and family in Louisville at about 7:30 last Monday night–all asking if we got the enormous hail. Wyatt and I were at our home farm on 63rd Street near Niwot. We had what my mom would call a “gully washer” and some tiny hail, but nothing too destructive. In Louisville it was another story.

This is the hail at my sister’s house in Louisville–just 7 miles from our other farm on Valmont Road (called Teller Farm). We thought about going over to Teller Farm on Monday night to see what the hail storm had been like there, but decided that Tuesday morning would be soon enough to see the damage.

The sight on Tuesday morning was hard to take in. I don’t think it was quite golf ball sized hail, but it was big enough. Our tomato plants had been stocky plants with lots of lush green growth and some small green tomatoes on them.Our melon plants were vining out nicely and just starting to set little yellow flowers.





But the tomato plants were stripped of most of their leaves and the stocks were broken.

And the melon plants were shredded.








The other crops at Teller Farm sustained some damage, but should grow through the damage. The cabbage plants got smooshed and the leaves on the newly-emerged winter squash were shattered, but this is minor damage.

We will have to wait and see on the tomato and melon plants. Both crops were transplanted out in May and have strong roots. They will likely grow back some, but the question is how much?

Fortunately we had another succession of melon plants ready and got them in the ground last Wednesday.

We are lucky in that most of our crops are at our farm on 63rd Street this year. We’ve had 3 or 4 storms here with small hail so far this year, but it has mostly resulted in cosmetic damage (like the little whitish spots on the sugar snap peas where the hail struck the peas).





Here’s hoping that we’ve seen the worst of the weather for this summer!

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