Hail, hail and more hail.....
The other evening, the sky hailed on this area with a velocity and a size of icy bullets that made it sound like one of the raids on the poor Syrians. This went on for 10 minutes with the result that the garden I had been rather proud of this year was reduced to heaps of tattered compost.
As I begin to clear the mess away, I note that the ground has been battered into something resembling lumpy cement.
My question: what to do now? There is very little left so do I cut down to the base or just pretend it was a rather drastic Chelsea chop? How long will it take for anything to show itself again? Presumably things like raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants that have been stripped will not refruit this year. And I wonder whether tomato plants, peppers etc. will shoot again from the base if their roots are still OK. And should I dig over the ground. I hesitate to do this as even where I had put in markers for the dahlias, they have been jumped out of the ground and I would hate to chop off any new growth.
Any advice would be most helpful. Thanks.