A surprisingly chilly day for the middle of July but only a slight drizzle
from the dark clouds and we were sitting in sunshine for lunch.
Sad news for us about the pheasant but good news for the local fox. The
pheasant had gone by Sunday and the clutch of eggs. There were a few
feathers about so perhaps she had managed to escape. However it did mean we
could give that area the thorough weeding it needed and useful to know there
is a fox about; perhaps why there are so few signs of rabbits.
There is no escape from the weeding at this time of year. The mint growing
alongside the apples and pears had got way beyond its space so barrowfuls
of roots were dug out, not for the compost heap though. The fruit trees
will benefit from the lack of competition for moisture and food.
The compost heap was emptied onto the fruit trees but we found 3 New
Zealand flatworms in the old piece of carpet covering it. This is bad news
for our worm population so we shall now have to keep a very careful lookout
for these flatworms. They like damp, dark places like under stones and we
have a lot of stones on the plot, using them to anchor the netting. Perhaps
we need to move on to using spikes for holding down the netting.
The onions are beginning to die back so the roots were loosened a little to
speed up the process and next week we shall lift them and put them in the
temporary frame to dry off and ripen fully.
The cherry crop is the best ever but all the rain is causing the skins to
split so we need to pick these even if not fully ripe. Leaving them just
means the fruit will rot since the rain gets into the flesh.
The potatoes in the tubs are dying back so the shaws need cut down. It is
best to leave the potatoes in the ground for a couple of weeks to allow the
skins to harden before digging them up. These are for showing so hopefully
they are a good size and undamaged skins.
Date for the Diary – Open Day Sunday 30 August 2pm-4pm
Jobs for next week
Mend and reline the compost heap
Net the Tayberries, Loganberry and Bramble
Dig up the onions
And the usual!
See you on Thursday