We have also had Lettuce, Broad Beans, Courgettes, Beetroot, Spring Onions and Dwarf French Beans, which is the last of
this week's harvests.
The early cropping green podded Speedy plants in the polytunnel are running out of energy now (so I shall take them out) just as the yellow podded Orinoco (On the right) have started to crop. The Climbing French Beans
outside are also now growing pods so I am hoping there will be plenty for the next week or so, and there are the green and purple ones to come too.
The crops in the polytunnel are coping much better with the extreme heat and drought conditions than
those outside in the open ground. The cover protects them from the strength of the sun's rays, and the extra ventilation provided via the netted section between the tunnels is certainly helping to keep the temperature down a bit. They are all regularly watered
of course, as are those outside, but possibly there is less evaporation with the protection of the cover
I have taken off the bottom leaves on the tomato plants now to expose the developing fruits, and to make it easier to keep the plants themselves
dry when watering them, keeping the water on the soil itself. This time last year we had plenty of ripe tomatoes, but this year's unusual weather pattern has had an adverse effect, and they are nowhere near ready to pick yet
It is difficult to plant
out new plants to give us a succession of crops later in the year in these hot, dry conditions. Waiting in the wings are Leeks (still) Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Red Cabbages, Kale and Spring Onions. Without shade netting and plenty
of water they will have no chance of survival, and almost all the netting is already being used. I shall have to get creative with that roll of voile fabric: maybe doubling it over would give enough protection. When I went to the plots earlier this evening
to water, some of the chard and fennel plants were lying almost flat. They picked up after a few cans of water, and I hope that overnight they manage to get themselves together for another hot day tomorrow. It just shows how vulnerable to failure plants are
right now, and