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Hail storms leave many Calgarians with shredded gardens

WATCH ABOVE: If you’re a gardener, all this hail might have left you with quite a mess. As Gil Tucker reports, it’s tough to deal with when all your hard work gets sliced down in a heartbeat.

CALGARY – People all over Calgary have their hands full cleaning up what’s left of their gardens after two straight days of afternoon thunderstorms.

One of the hardest-hit spots is in the inner city northwest neighbourhood of Sunnyside.

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The community garden in Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood was hardest hit by the recent August storms. Gil Tucker / Global News

It’s home to Calgary’s oldest community garden, which is also one of the biggest in town, with about 60 people growing veggies, fruit and flowers.

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The pounding hail and strong winds flattened many plants, shredded others, and left gardeners to salvage whatever they could.

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The community garden in Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood was hardest hit by the recent August storms. Gil Tucker / Global News

“It was actually one of our most stellar years in the garden,” said garden organizer Buff Smith. “Mother Nature had been bountiful before, with the heat and the rain, and then sent the hail to keep us on our toes.”

Gardeners say leafy plants like lettuce should grow back if the damaged parts are trimmed off. Some will try to get in another crop of spinach and radishes, hoping there’ll be enough time for them to mature before the growing season ends.

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Calgary’s Sunnyside community garden organizer Buff Smith tends to the damaged plants on Aug. 5, 2015. Gil Tucker / Global News