Last year we got essentially no tomatoes and not much else because of a string of hail storms. We are now in hail season through august. Our garden is in the front of the house in a couple of raised beds. For the first time ive done hoop houses over two of them and the plants are thriving. Now things are getting tall enough that the hoop houses will need to be removed. Most of our tomatoes are in the 4-5’ tall category (currently half that) and im trying to come up with physical hail protection ideas that can ideally be left out but since i work from home something that can be put on in short notice works too…heres the kicker: because the garden is in front of the house and i see clients here (and generally for neighbors and us) i dont want something tremendously unsightly.
What ideas have you tried to protect plants from hail?