Saturday, July 23, 2005

Outdoor Toms

Well all this talk of dry weather but one crop that has liked it is the tomato. They have lapped up the sun shine and seem to be doing very well. (Bet that has torn it, blight will strike any day now!)

These have all been sown back in Jan/Feb under heated glass, moved to cold frame and then outside after frost has passed. All planted over a bucket of well rotted manure and kept moist. Little other care required to date and we picked the first Sungold today, very good indeed.


San Marzona



I am particularly interested to see how the Ferline and San Marzona turn out. Ferline for it’s supposed blight resistance and San Marzona for it’s sauce making properties.


A Dry Month

Well I wish it would rain, so far in the last 4 weeks we have had less than 10mm of rain so things are a little dry. Being on a heavy soil it at least holds some moisture below the surface but caps over terribly. For established plants not too much of a problem but for germinating seeds not so good.

As we are not allowed to use hosepipes on the site all watering is by hand, this does not bother me one bit. I can control the water plant to plant and I get up close to each one so can spot problems early. It takes me about 20 mins to water both allotments and I try and do this once every three days. The really thirsty plants such as toms and beans are planted over manure which acts as a reservoir so they seem to be happy. In fact looking back at the pictures from a month ago I am amazed at the change.

We have been picking Calabrese, Lettuce, Cauli, Peas and French Beans to date. Also cornflowers and red sunflowers in the floral section.

On the planting front I am now full. Leeks, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Lambs Lettuce all took up the spare space.

You can see the plot here, and the dry soil!