I’m sitting here in the house after a pretty intense thunderstorm. The thunder started around 4 o’clock, the severe warning came over the television at 4:15, and the bottom fell out at 4:26. This isn’t meant to be a scathing review of the weather service, it’s just a normal event in this part of the country. The same thing happened yesterday, but about an hour earlier. Two weeks ago, it wasn’t raining around here at all. Every day I checked the thermometer on the deck and every day it read at least 101 degrees by 2:00 pm. It had become so dry, I could fix a stare on a green blade of grass, and watch it slowly fade to brown from the very tip down to the ground where it emerged. There were actually lizards panting on the deck posts with their tongues hanging out. I mean dry.
A few months ago I planted some seeds for some herbs and lettuce. When the seedlings come up, I usually put some pretty intense light over them for a week or two, and them I transplant each one into a bucket filled with water and nutrients specifically for that plant and off it goes. Just for the heck of it, I planted the basil in a small pot of compost and potting soil. Every morning before I went to work I put it outside to see if it would grow any better under the sunlight as opposed to the ones inside under artificial light. Some time within the next week we had a blistering downpour before I got home from my daily grind, and the basil was destroyed. There was so much water in the pot (it had holes in the bottom for drainage to no avail) and the plants themselves were beat down to nothing. They were just not going to stand again and were pretty much drowned anyway.
Lettuce and spinach would probably have had to be watered every day when it was so hot. My point being, mother nature can be cruel. Indoor vegetable gardening can, with some exceptions, eliminate those problems. The electricity went off 3 times yesterday during the storm, briefly, but off never the less. Unless you’re doing aquaponics, however, where your fish are depending on the aeration and constant exchange of water and filtering, it shouldn’t cause you any problems. Plants live a significant part of their life in the dark anyway, and according to some experts, such as Kratky, aeration of the buckets, if buckets are your method, is a personal choice. They don’t absolutely have to be aerated at all.
However, if it does bother you that the light is off for too long, a small solar array can be assembled that will enable you to do your gardening without depending on your local utility company. You can also grow in a greenhouse, but round here is considered hurricane country and it would have to be a mighty greenhouse indeed to withstand the winds of a major storm. Winds today were supposedly up to 60 mph and that is just an ordinary, everyday storm.