Most of my immediate neighbours had water in their houses from leaking roofs and run off from the ridge behind us. Our house had plenty of water in it, all of it from under the front door and most of the furniture is still on timber blocks and bricks in the effort to dry things out. There was plenty of mopping up yesterday and cleaning up all the debris and carnage in the garden. The most gruesome discovery was mushrooms growing out of our walls behind the couch! All this rain we have been having over the last few months has created the perfect mushroom growing environment and our earth walls are apparently a fantastic growing media for mushies! Mum suggested I grow shitakis to make the most of the undesirable situation!
Anyway, on to the photos:
Beans and lettuces shredded to bits by the hail.
Poor zucchini and beetroots.
The rhubarb completely mushed.
My poor tomatoes destroyed and there was so much fruit starting to ripen!
Everything in the veggie garden has been completely smooshed and many things I will have to start again. The tomatoes have been cut back to woody stems in the hope that they will reshoot. All the leaves of Zucchinis have been cut off because they were too shredded. Most of the beans have had to come out, and the corn has been shredded and then flattened by the shear volume of water and hail. I had no idea that hail did so much damage. I can't imagine what this is like for farmers. It must be so devastating!
This was my harvest yesterday after pulling off all of the rhubarb stems and salvaging the least shredded stems. I also dug up all of the beetroot which I think I will roast with some balsamic vinegar and garlic.
At least on Chritmas morning I made the most of the sunshine that we did have and harvested what I could from the garden for our lunch with the family! I managed 2 huge romanesco zucchinis that were both over 2.5 kilos! Not to mention yummy gem lettuces, zucchini flowers and sweet peas to decorate the table.
There is still so much mess to clean up and we seriously have to assess the drainage (or lack thereof)on our block. I guess when you live on a floodplain and at the bottom of a hill, you have to expect flooding, but we can certainly minimise the damage in the future.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and if you are in Melbourne that you werent affected to badly! At least this was a Christmas that we won't forget for a while!!!