More gardening confessions
After visiting RHS Wisley and Hampton Court I was back in my own garden on Sunday. It was good to actually be gardening but the weather down here turned bright and sunny over the weekend and all is not well in my garden. I can’t really blame the weather though and my Grows on You blog seems to be turning into a string of gardening confessions.
The first lesson of the weekend is not to leave tomatoes for long when they have outgrown their stakes. For about a fortnight I’d been putting off getting new canes, and together with the wind the plants had become a bit of a tangled mess. The first problem was untangling everything without snapping the stems; although they looked limp the plants were quite firm and I snapped at least one while trying to unravel everything. Even after I’d managed to separate them and tie them to the new canes I realized that a lot of the young tomatoes had been knocked off in the process!
The gardening equivalent of a Rubik’s Cube.
Although they got a bit knocked about, the tomatoes look a lot better for re-staking but the watercress looks like it may not recover. We were away for the weekend and when we left on Friday there was a large, rich green harvest of watercress to be had. Unfortunately leaving it without water and in direct sun for half the day meant that by Sunday afternoon it was yellow, wilted and looked like it had been stuck to the floor. It’s been heavily watered since then and has shown only small signs of recovery.
Not very watery cress!
The courgettes (well, courgette) also seems to have suffered but it’s a bit of a mystery. Last week there was an 8cm long courgette on one of the plants but now there’s nothing. It’s either been eaten by something or was so dehydrated that it’s shriveled to the size of a bean and gone almost black – the only thing on the plant that doesn’t look like it should be there. The rest of the plant looks OK but the single fruit has gone.
My poor courgette?
I had looked forward to blogging about my successes in the garden but I figure that mistakes teach you more and I’ve decided to share those too. I hope the pictures of plants in distress aren’t too disturbing, I think it’s only the watercress that’s unlikely to recover.
A few plants were harmed in the production of this blog.
- 10 Jul, 2007
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