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Hail storm beat my garden to death.

The storm actually did me a favor. The corn stalks were standing there drying so I could cut them down but the hale shreaded the leaves and turned them to mulch now they are on the ground and the corn stalk are just a broom handle type pole. The okra leaves were mulched too. Tomatoes, squash, melons, potatoes, everything was all mulched. The tomatoe cages will be easy to stack this year they were all stripped and cleaned. We had 2" of hale in the yard it was 1/2" to 1" diameter hale, it looked like winter with snow on the ground. Hale came down the gutter drain pipe and was piled 18" deep on the ground at each pipe. I was in the garage the hale hitting the 2 metal doors it was so loud I could not hear myself YELL. It was amazing and unexpected but I enjoyed the excitment of it. The kids went out side and threw hale at each other they later got shovels and threw shovels full of hale at each other and even buckets of hale at each other. That was fun for about an hour.

I wish I could order a hale storm every year a day or so before the first frost. LOL
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Super Green Thumb
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Oh my, that was some storm. One would hate to see something like that in July! Nature is awesome.

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Richard L.
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Whoa!... I saw that happen to us here in Texas years ago, bad hail storm right out of no-where that stripped the corn leaves off.

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Just make sure the cars are in the garage. We had a large hailstorm pass through New Orleans several years ago that damaged both my vehicles, put over 30 holes in my slate roof, totally flattened my thriving vegetable garden and defoliated all the trees.

I'll pass on one a year with that type damage.

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Location: wnc - zones 6/7 line

had a big one like that this past spring - except that I didn't see any hailstones that were smaller than an inch across - that flattened a lot of seedlings and ripped branches off smaller fruit trees. it was exciting, and an experience to have experienced...but I'll pass on having it be a regular event. it was nice to see (almost) everything bounce back after it - april's nice like that.

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Hail is fun here too, because it's rare. The hailstones are always small bits. I've never seen the big ones !
It seems to me that that were more hailstorms when I was a kid than there are now. At least here.

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What a refreshing and unusual take on a hailstorm! I can't recall ever having been grateful for one, but I will confess that they are pretty exciting when they hit. I don't think there's anything quite like it, especially when there is a tin roof within a hundred yards.

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