How to Rescue Your Garden from Natural Disasters

For many in the U.S., natural hazards are a very real danger. Just last year Hurricane Mathew devastated the southeastern States. Homes, businesses and even the poultry farms of North Carolina suffered tremendous damage and financial loss. Fortunately, advancements in weather forecasts ensure that people are forewarned and can at least attempt to secure their homes and gardens.

Prepare for the Worst

Unfortunately there’s not an awful lot that can be done to prepare your garden for natural disasters such as flooding or tornadoes, other than to harvest what you can in advance. Certain fruit and vegetables can be harvested early and left to ripen indoors, such as tomatoes. If high winds are a risk, stake down taller plants and fruit trees. In case of hail, protect green houses as best you can and use row covers to minimize damage to crops. Raised beds can help protect your garden in earthquake prone areas, but the best thing you can do to prepare for any natural disaster is to grow plants and crops in containers. These can easily be moved to safety for the duration of the storm.


Once the storm has passed, venture out and assess the damage. Look for broken stems and damaged parts. Cut them off with sterilized scissors and compost them. Try to remove only the most damaged leaves, as plants require them to photosynthesize. The soil is another concern, especially near coastal areas. Storms can bring saltwater to your garden so ensure the soil is flushed out and the nutrients replaced. After heavy rains, the nutrients in your soil will need replenishing as well. Organic compost and fertilizer can be worked into the soil to give your plants the boost they will need.


Flood water is contaminated with all kinds of nasty bugs and any crops impacted by these should be removed and destroyed. Don’t compost – as bacteria can live on. The soil should be removed and replaced. Basically you will need to start from scratch. And be sure to disinfect any clothes or tools that have come into contact with flood waters, too.

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