The weathermen say Earl is coming. So, any gardener in the Northeast ought to prepare for the storm. Hurricanes are no friend of urban gardens. High winds and driving rain wreak havoc on our terrace, generally knocking over plants and tossing green tomatoes around like salad.
To minimize any damage, we've added extra tomato poles to the pots and tied down as many vines as possible. (Though this late in the season, the vines are so tall, we don't have poles big enough for them.)
Another trick is snipping all the dead and dying stems away from the vines, so the wind will have less to catch onto.
We've also roped the pots to the balcony where we could and put heavy planters around the big tomato pots in hopes that they will keep them from blowing over.
Of course, this could all be much ado about nothing. Those weather casters are real fear mongers. And, the worst of it will be in Long Island, not Manhattan. Still, it can't hurt to take precautions. We've seen what the wind can do!