This week sees us fresh back from a family holiday in Cornwall. In the normal scheme of things I visit the plot most days and do a few ‘jobs’, little and often being the thing in my mind, and it seems like not much changes. Clearly I achieve more than I think because although gone for just ten days we returned to a bit of a jungle. Any plans I had for days out on Sunday were put aside in a bid to get things back on track
Derek was keen to mow the paths, one of his favourite jobs, on the basis that it would ‘make everything look better’ and this is true, it does, but to me it’s a superficial job and the real nitty gritty is dealing with the beds. Clearing, weeding and tidying.
The tomatoes in particular had put on a whole new growth spurt and some of the plants with the heavier fruits, marmande and pink ruffle had fallen over completely. Luckily no blight but in the warm, damp conditions with a very juicy, sweet food supply on tap the slugs were having a party. We’ve now removed as much foliage as possible, added extra canes for support and taken off any tomatoes that have been eaten or are starting to rot.
You may remember we planted a whole load of seedlings a while back, beetroot, turnips, coriander etc. Well these have also been providing a ready food supply for the mice with only the carrots and the beetroot doing well. So back to the drawing board with how we protect crops sown directly until they become established. All tips welcome.
So five hours of hard work and we’ve reclaimed the plot, the weather here is gorgeous and it’s on with the planning for autumn winter planting. More of which soon.
All these photographs were taken yesterday morning and the central path looks super trim due to Site Chairman John’s mowing efforts.
As ever thank you for reading and let me know in the comments what’s going on in your garden.