Sunday, 5 June 2016

Cooling Off

Another hot day, 
the Alpacas needed cooling off 
with the help of the hose pipe

They enjoyed there shower and after cooling off they went and rolled in the ash from the bonfire, we are waiting for the shearers to get to our area, they will be happier when all that fleece is gone.

I spent the morning digging over one of the beds 
 The bed had leeks in it, I have now popped them in the freezer, I need to get some compost from the heap in here and then sow some more peas and pop in some french beans.
 Martin built a frame to go over the brassicas its been covered with netting to keep the cabbage whites off, as all our beds are the same size it can be used on what ever bed I am growing brassicas in and i can lift it off for weeding.
 All the canes are now in place in poly tunnel 2 this side has cucumbers
 This side is full of tomato plants, last year I tried training them around string but found it a lot of messing around, this year i am going for angled canes, some of the plants are stating to flower, I have nipped out all the side shoots and later this week will start tying them in.
I am growing four variety's this year, a beefsteak, a pink salad and gardeners delight, in the other poly tunnel is  plum tomato for making up sauces and canning, they have already set fruit the side shoots I took side shoots off them last week and set some of the shoots, 
Another 8 plants all rooted and almost ready to plant on.
This will give me 28 plants in total.
I am still sowing short rows of lettuce, beetroot and radish, I am trying to not have gluts to make it easier to deal with.
I will do a proper poly tunnel update later in the week.
The forecast keeps saying we having rain but not a drop has fallen, its still flaming June.

18 comments:

  1. I will send you some of our Aussie rain :) we've just had a weekend of torrential flooding rains here ( after a looooong dry spell ).

    I love your brassica bed cover! That's such a great idea and looks a lot better than the silly netting I mess with all the time!

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    1. Thanks for the rain it arrived this evening

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  2. Same here Dawn, showers have been forecast for the past week but they've all missed us. The garden is so dry, watering with a can or even hosepipe barely touches it, it's crying out for rain.

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    1. no watering tonight rain arrived

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  3. Your garden is looking luscious Dawn, and I'll be copying your brassica bed cover if you don't mind!

    Hope the alpacas get their haircuts soon! What do you do with the fleeces?

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    1. I spin there fleeces although this year some of the fleece will be going up for sale

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  4. At Rosemoor they use strings for the tomatoes and cucumbers...went with son and we decided they must attach string to a brick and bury it...they have to support an awful lot of weight. x

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    1. the problem with the string is it rots and then snaps with the weight of the plants

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  5. Oh how cute.....the alpacas having their shower.
    It's looking hot here today so I may be copying them later.
    I'd love a poly tunnel but if we had one worth having there would be no other garden left...lol-x-

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    1. having two big tunnels is luxury

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  6. Typical alpacas I would guess - a nice cooling, cleaning shower and then roll in ash from the bonfire!
    Flaming June only reached here yesterday, so we are hoping it stays a few days - although I understand thunder storms are on their way.

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    1. they were clean again by morning I think they spent the night rolling in the grass

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  7. Your alpacas are so fun to watch. If I accidentally splash my goats they do the wicked witch scene from The Wizard of Oz, "I'm melting!"

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    1. Our goats dont like the water wimps

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  8. Wish somebody would hose me down, too! I'm growing Gardener's Delight and some beef toms, too. I have three tom plants. One is very straight and the other two are a bit more bushy but, as I write this, I have just remembered it may be because they are different varieties. Duh! I read in my GYO mag that you can still plant beetroot. Harry, my eldest, loves it. Might give it a go. Loving the sun but could do with some rain on Wednesday or Thursday for when I have planted out a lot of things.

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    1. Beetroot can be grown for sometime yet along with lots of other salad stuff

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