Weather Fronts Are Windy
There is a cool front moving into south Florida, and it has blown steadily for more than 48 hours. I checked the weather report earlier today to find the wind was 17 mph sustained with gusts to 36 mph.
The wind is great for shutting off the A/C and opening windows. However, the constant wind was drying out the garden very fast, and I found out that it was pounding my eggplant. That was something that hadn’t even occurred to me.
Eggplant Suffers with the Wind
I planted eggplant for the first time this October. It has very large leaves like yellow squash and zucchini. Large leaves really take a beating with high winds, but I found something else that was even more serious.
The wind was blowing hard and kept changing directions. I noticed that the stems of the eggplant were moving so hard from side to side that they were digging a hole around the roots. Without support, the roots would eventually have pulled out of the ground.
Last spring, I found a fantastic sale on small trellises from Lowes Home Improvement Store. These metal trellises are much better than the most inexpensive small trellises that I have found other places. They are heavy, sturdy, powder-coated so they won’t rust, and they are easy to move around. At 12 inches wide and 36 inches tall, they are a perfect height for most plants. I bought a dozen of them and have found many uses for them.
I put one trellis on each side of both eggplants. I left only about six inches of room between the two. The trellises are enough to hold the plants steady and to keep them from being whipped around by the wind. Since they keep the plant from moving very far, they are enough to keep the roots from being pulled out of the ground by the wind. When it quits blowing, I will pull the trellises up and save them for the next garden emergency.
I keep learning new stuff with this garden.