The plan was to blog about how all of my heat loving plants are now outside and about how, even in the South, it is all happening. Mother nature had a different plan.
It’s very extra super gusty here, think Wellington on a bad day. The potato plants are lying flat and so are the brassicas, which is scary. Sadly, the dwarf peas got battered and many broke, particularly the tall plants bearing the first pea pods. This is despite the tepee support, extra ties to hold them in place and my undying love. Lesson learnt – dwarf pea plants need meter-high infrastructure in my area.
On a more upbeat note, I’m trialling a strange tomato mix. You can see it in the corner of the photo. I’ve read of people using a mix of milk powder, Epsom salts and aspirin in their tomato soil to help with various deficiencies. My plan is to compare plants grown with this powder and without as I have 2-3 plants of each variety (am growing Grosse Lisse, cherry, Moneymaker and some ‘mystery’ heirlooms). I am a law-abiding citizen, so it did feel rather hilarious and dodgy to crash up aspirin into powder.
So the tomatoes and myself are going to stay inside until the storm passes. I do hope it does not affect your area and am wondering how gardeners in windy areas manage at all!