|This year we are experiencing winds up to 35 mph which are really stressing my 3 week old vegetable garden. Is there anything I can put on them to de-stress them? What about the vegetable caps in the shape of a pyramid seen in the vegetables in the fields of commercial growers?|
|Those "caps" are used to protect young spring transplants from the cold, but would not be particularly helpful to your plants, especially in the heat of summer. |
Options to protect your veggies include making a small wind fences out of weed barrier groundcloth or floating row cover material attached to stakes. These wind blocks, oriented across the prevailing winds, should give protection downwind for about 2 1/2 times the height of the barrier. A porous "wall" to block the wind is better than a solid wall as the latter tend to create turbulence whipping downward over the top of the barrier. These fabrics are available from local nurseries and mailorder from: Mellingers; 2310 W. South Range Rd.; North Lima, Ohio 44452-9731; 1-800-321-7444.
Another option would be to plant a living barrier, such as a vine on a section of fencewire to protect from the wind. Some gardeners alternate a few rows of corn every so often with other veggies to act as a windbreak. Just make sure the windblocks are not shading the other veggies too much. Good luck with your garden.