Yesterday, I was walking home and noticed that it was about to rain. Only seconds after stepping into my building, there were sheets of water and 135 mph winds... Tornado in Brooklyn! It lasted for less than 15 minutes, but did some serious damage to my neighborhood and, sniff, my farm.
This photo was taken from a window only about 2 minutes into the ongoing storm. Already smashed pots! And those chairs you see on the right that are on top of my tomato plants? They were picked up from 20 feet away and dropped right onto the plants.
I salvaged my building's trash and recycling bins from the other side of the street and found a piece of my backyard patio furniture in the front yard. Farm damage assessment:
- My compost bucket lost it's lid and half it's contents, and now there is semi-rotted food and composted poopy soil hanging on the fence that surrounds my yard.
- The yard was totally flooded because the ground drains were stopped up with... gross... compost. Which, let me remind you dear readers, looks and smells like poo.
- I had lots of overturned pots that were, thankfully, just toppled and not hurt.
- I lost my Black Krim tomato plant, but I did manage to salvage some green tomatoes that were ripening on the vines. So I'll be frying them up tonight and watching the movie for the hundredth time while crying.
- My Brandywine tomato plant, my favorite child, has lost some of it's branches but is otherwise ok.
- My green pepper plant and my hot lemmon peppers each suffered a smashed pot, but I should be able to repot them.
- The second planting of my peas was mostly uprooted. Wahhhh! Booooo!
- My apple tree toppled over and has a smashed pot. How the heckorino am I going to replant an apple tree??
Photo above is the damage seen this morning on my street, 7am. For some extracurricular reading, check out this fellow Brooklynite who found marine life on the street after the tornado, as well as some more official damage photos from around the city. Hey Brooklyn, how did your yard weather the storm?