Nothing will break your heart more than standing at the window watching the hail pounding your garden and planters into pulp...except maybe going out afterwards to try and salvage something.
The problem with thunderstorms is that even when we get advance warning via the weather channel, sometimes we think it will by pass us, or not be as severe as they predict, so we don't go out and cover the plants to protect them.
Don't wait until this happens to think of ways to protect plants;
It's not until the thunder starts, and the torrential rain starts overflowing the gutters that we wish we had been more on top of it.
Here are a few ways to prevent the damage, prior to the event.
I thought of lots of ways to give the plants an edge, and be able to withstand the pummeling, but until my greenhouse fell down under the weight of three feet of snow, nothing really came to me as a solution.
Afterwards, using salvaged pieces of Bob's Superstrong Plastic became my go-to in advance of stormy weather.
The light gets through it fine, but it's heavy enough to not blow away as long as it's anchored with some rocks or boards.
The thought of my little hanging basket stuffers getting the stuffing knocked out of them is another topic entirely.
The hanging baskets are perched on the corners of buildings, out in the weather.
The usual method of protection consists of moving them, one by one, into the woodshed for the duration - not a good option, because usually, by the time the storm hits we're running around doing other things.
So, my solution was to stick a colander, a funnel and some basket chargers over the plants, right over or inside the chains holding the hanging basket. They still get light, but they'll be protected from hail or downpours.