Today is such a different day from yesterday. It is so hard to get your head around how different things can be in such a short space of time. Which was just as well it was a nice day as there was a lot going on today and very little of it was in the garden.
I was able to go out and have a quick look at the emergency measures put in place to hold up the peas seemed to have worked and will have to continue working until I can find the time to make permanent repairs.
It is also after a day like yesterday that I am so grateful I changed my tomato system. In the past I have used bamboo poles to hold them up – but as we saw yesterday they are no match for a strong wind and peas are one thing – but when your tomatoes go down – there are actual tears. Plants snap along with the poles that are supposed to be giving them support.
Then I used untreated wooden stakes that just loved all the deep watering I was giving my tomatoes and so they were as useful as a chocolate teapot when it came to a windy day as they had rotted below ground and snapped easier than the bamboo poles!
So this year it was heavy metal. I have metal warratahs or T-stakes deeply pounded into my soil and wire strung between them. The tomatoes have been tied to the wires along the length of the garden and aside from slipping a little along the wire in the wind there is absolutely no damage to the tomatoes at all. I feel a little smug right now – but I need to reign in any thoughts like that as it has been quite humid – when it isn’t windy – and we all know blight likes it humid. I need to keep a watchful eye over my garden.
It has been so warm and humid the lettuce has grown exponentially. It is probably four times bigger than it normally would be – if not more. Accepting defeat in the knowledge that there is no way I will ever be able to eat it all – and it’s not like you can freeze it for later – so in order not to waste them before they go to seed, I harvested a load to take to church and give away. There were six supermarket shopping bags FULL of lettuce, which was all gratefully received.
Oh and today is a great day – it is officially the first day of summer! The tumultuous weather of spring is well and truly behind us and I am looking forward to typical summer weather – all hot and sunny and lovely. I’m sure that’s how it goes – it’s been a year since we last had summer and I have a terrible memory.
Come again soon – irrigation is still on my mind.
Sarah the Gardener : o )