AND EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN NEEDS WATER
2nd July 2018
FLOWERS, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
AND DON’T LET THE CLEVER DICKS WITH ROOTS IN ROMANCE TELL YOU DIFFERENT
This last weekend has been very busy
as all the days have since the heatwave struck Britain.
But this last weekend we harvested the Peas and Broad Bean crop
to the freezer.
We also harvested and bagged the remainder of one raised bed containing
The Duke of York and Arran Pilot potatoes which produced a huge crop.
One more first early bed to harvest then on to the second earlies -Kestrel
Because the potato plants have been watered daily they look fine.
As do the carrots,broccoli and cabbage plants.
But it is the flowers that are so thirsty.
And need our watering cans every evening.
Anything in pots needs it most – the bedding plants
But the garden borders where we have
Godetia, Sweet Williams,Zebrinia Californian Poppies and Marrigolds
of all types in full bloom alonside Panies and Petunia.
The Hanging baskets are so thirsty too but seems to lose their water
as you pour it in so I keep them above other plants, those the neighbours
have not relieved us of.
Commercial growers are facing an up hill struggle too.
My local Garden Centre told me they start watering in the morning
and by the time they have finished it is time in the afternoon to start all over again.
Fortunately we have Kielder reservoir full to the brim but no doubt
will be required to supply those areas with less less storage capacity.
Farmers pea crop harvest is down in yield.
Those without irrigation must be feeling the strain.
But the Hay crop looks the very best, but aftergrowth needs rain.
Winter cereal harvesting is underway so I do hope the wheat
for your daily bread is not suffering.
REMEMBER MOST FOOD IS GROWN ON FARMS