What a difference a few days make! We had that really bad frost at the beginning of May when lots of plants had their new foliage burn’t off, then the weather got so, so hot.
Too hot to do anything in the garden now so time to write a bit.
The clay we have here has advantages that it does retain moisture and all the essential minerals and nutrients for plant growth so is especially good for vegetables. Unfortunately it has disadvantages and with this weather the soil is drying out. Despite years of adding loads of organic matter we still have this problem in very hot weather. Cracks are appear in the soil and some plants have been “lifted out” if the soil due to the shrinking, causing the plants to dry out and die if not noticed in time.
The cracks are getting wider, this photo was a week ago and they are even wider now. The soil is so hard you can not use a trowel but need a mattock to make a planting hole and the potatoes can not be earthed up with the soil as it has set solid so we have to use bags of compost, expensive potatoes!!
One job we have done is to cut the fedge.
A fedge is a cross between a fence and a hedge. Made of living willow and planted to create a diamond shaped trellis design . The top is cut to form the hedge part and the new growth at the sides is either woven in to the structure or cut off. This gives an attractive feature in the garden to divide areas but still give a tantalising glimpse through to what is on the other side and allow the wind to filter through.
Now we hope the forecast rain will actually arrive in Tysoe.
We have an underground water store which takes all the rainwater from the roof of house and sheds, it holds 6,500 litres and was full after all the winter rain. We also have 8 water butts each 200 litres, collecting rain water from the greenhouses and garage.
All these are empty with the exception of a little in some of the water butts which we are saving for the blueberries which meed rain not tap water.
Normally we water very little except newly planted crops and the green house plants, but the exceptionally hot and windy weather has dried things out so loads of watering needed every day.
Oh the joys of gardening but fresh home grown produce is worth it.