But the sky looks so blue...
This is the view right now looking up at my beanstalk trellis here in Brooklyn, NY. But 24 hours from now, New York City is supposedly going to be in the middle of a massive hurricane. Now listen, dear readers: New York City does not get hurricanes! But then again, we don't get earthquakes or tornadoes either, and both of those have happened here in the last year.
Today Mayor Bloomberg announced a mandatory evacuation for certain areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn because of the impending Hurricane Irene, mostly neighborhoods near the coast. But, you know, Manhattan and Brooklyn are both small islands, so "coast" takes up quite a lot of surface area. I'm not in an evacuation zone (here's the official map), but I'm still expecting high winds and fierce rains.
My poor garden!
Since I didn't create my garden with the thought that it would ever need to withstand a tornado, earthquake, or hurricane, there seems to be little I can do to "prepare" for the storm. I have already...
- Harvested as much food as possible, even if it wasn't totally ripe or ready. I may end up losing my whole garden in this storm, so I'd rather have some slightly underripe string beans than none at all.
- Moved all of the small objects, such as gardening tools and hanging pots of flowers, off of high places in the yard, and turned over the glass table so it can't tip and shatter.
- Attempted to reinforce my tomato plants, which was either totally genius or a big waste of time. I took pieces of broken terra cotta pots and stood them up at the base of each tomato plant to create a little weighted hug.
- Brought my smaller potted plants indoors (well, at least what I could fit in my one-room studio).