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Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Posted by bmh76 pa (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 27, 12 at 20:52

Hello...I'm new to gardening and new to this forum. I planted 23 garlic bulbs in 2 flower pots. They are sprouting quickly, with about 3 to 5 inches showing above the soil. My question is what to do about Hurricane Sandy which will affect my area in about 36 hours with over 5 inches of rain. Will all of this excessive rain adversely affect the plants? Should I move them indoors or just protect them from the high winds? I made sure I put about an inch of mulch on top of the soil, but I'm not sure if I should do more for my plants. Thank you for any input!

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RE: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Hello bmh! We too will soon be dealing with sandy. My main question is what kind of soil are they potted in? A normal soil could quickly flood with heavy rainfall. Another concern I have is how heavy are the pots? The winds are forecast to get quite strong. With all that said I think it would be wise to just bring them indoors or in a garage just for a couple days until the storm moves on.


RE: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Thanks for replying krismast. I used Miracle Gro potting soil for my garlic. Seems to be working great so far. They are planted in 12 inch deep by 18 inches wide square, light weight pots. I can shield them from being tossed around by the wind, but I think I won't be able to stop a deluge of rain from flooding the pots. The pots have plenty of drain holes, but still, 5+ inches of rain?? I think I just might pull them inside.

RE: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

That's a good idea. I don't have experience with miracle gro potting soil but I used to use something similar. Even with drainage holes the rain that is forecasted will definitely flood the containers.


RE: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 28, 12 at 13:01

I agree - don't let them get unnecessarily exposed to all that rain.


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