gales and hot air

We are picking up the pieces after our worst gale of an otherwise mercifully calm winter. It arrived on Sunday night just a few hours after we had finished planting and covering the first lettuces and cabbages. By Monday morning the crop covers were shredded and spread around the neighbouring hedges. Not as bad as the year one took off and flew across the valley, magic carpet style, to land on the sewage works half a mile away. Fortunately the plants had been hardened off well in the green house and were robust enough to withstand the buffeting of the wind so, though we are faced with a lot of work patching and replacing covers, the crops should not suffer too much. Three of our tunnels also lost their covers but two were over-due for re-skinning anyway so we can