|Wind-scorched bean seedling|
We have since evolved a wind defence strategy:
- Growing lots of hedges - around the whole perimeter and subdividing larger paddocks with additional hedges
- Copious use of windbreak fabric fences
- Using individual seedling protectors
|Wind-scorched quince tree|
|Two and half year-old hedge|
When you see wind scorch it looks alarming, like you've got some serious disease on your hands. It also varies in appearance from plant to plant. Sometimes leaf edges turn brown, sometimes there are brown spots and other times the leaves turn white or have white blotches. This is not usually covered in the 'diseases and pests' section of vegetable gardening books. So when you see any of these and you've had some windy weather, don't worry about disease but get those plants protected.
|Windbreak for the hedge|
|Specially erected windbreak fence|
|Raspberries behind fabric|
|Unprotected amaranth seedling|
|Protected amaranth seedling|
|Rusty bucket protecting a quinoa seedling|
The effect is amazing, the plants are much happier and faster growing, even the squashes haven't suffered any transplant shock. We remove the protectors once the plants peek well over the top and can cope on their own but while they're still small enough to fit through the pot.