An unusually wet and wild storm for October pounded us yesterday. This morning's paper said that Carmel Valley got 2.65 inches of rain as of 5:00 PM yesterday and I know that plenty of rain fell yesterday evening. The wind was whipping everything around and here's what I found when I had a chance to check the vegetable garden this morning...
Thursday update: I checked the rainfall total for Wednesday through 5:00 PM and it showed an additional 1.4 inches of rain which fell mostly Tuesday evening (barely a trace of rain all day yesterday) so the storm total was 4.05 inches!
The amaranth that had been reaching for the sky is now blocking the main path.
The pole beans were well anchored except for one side of one trellis.
The top heavy Portuguese kale is no longer upright, lucky for it the broccoli plants had less of a tendency to lean over.
The seed heads on the Red Florence fennel are growing horizontally now.
Looking back from the other direction makes the landscape look a bit askew. The direction that the wind was blowing from is obvious.
Eggplant and pepper plants with a decided lean.
Tilting tomato towers. It's a good thing that I firmly anchored one row of towers, these ones weren't so well done and are leaning onto the other row.
I was being watched the whole time I was photographing the garden by this small family of quail, there's a male hiding behind the first bird.
Yesterday would have been a great day to get caught up on my tomato preserving. Unfortunately I only had time to put up one batch of canned tomatoes before I had to hit the road for Palo Alto, it was not a fun drive.