Normally I try to keep cheerful, especially in my diary. Who wants to read somebody being miserable, after all. OK, I know I’m, on very rare occasions, Mr Grumpy but normally I’m pretty upbeat.
Not today though. I’m thoroughly, absolutely, 100% fed up of the weather. It seems to have been nothing but cloud and rain for centuries. Well, since July anyway. Even if I was brave and hardy, ignored the rain and tried to do something on the plot, the soil is pretty waterlogged anyway.
There are two things that like this rain. Brassicas and weeds. When you look at the amount of leaf area on brassicas, you can see they need a lot of water. You can tell the weeds are loving it by their size. I reckon we need a dry week, with sun, to put things right.
If it carries on like this we’ll be growing rice and fish-farming. For now though, the plots don’t look too bad, apart from the weeds. This moan could be something to do with getting soaked on my way back from watering the greenhouse today.
The Carmen in the large greenhouse and the Burpless Tasty Green outside on plot 5 look OK though. I got 4 nice cucumbers off the Carmen. Any ideas on what to do with 11 cucumbers? We gave some away recently to my brother-in-law. After thanking us, he asked if we’d used any chemical sprays on them.
‘No’, I answered, ‘they’re perfectly safe.’
‘Great’, he replied, ‘because we want to feed them to our pet giant African snails’
I don’t know if you’ve seen these things. They’re a gardener’s worst nightmare. Huge things that could munch through a whole field of lettuce in a night. I don’t think a slug pellet will do the job. Time to find out about getting a rifle and a licence!
Some more peppers had ripened so they went into the bag and a load of tomatoes. The Jaune Flamme are really productive and they’re lovely fried. A little mild, but perfect for those who don’t like the acid in tomatoes. More Sungold, which are like sweets rather than a tomato. At least the kiddies think so.
As I said, the rain came down so it was back home for me. What really got me was the heavy black clouds above the allotment but clear blue around. Definitely felt somebody up there has it in for me.
The New Computer
Back at home, I’ve been busily setting up my new computer. Finally I have almost joined the cutting edge of technology and am running Windows XP. I know Vista is the latest but I know Microsoft. When a product is nearly obsolete, it means they’ve got it working properly.
It’s a pretty big task, copying the data is easy enough but setting up all the programs takes ages, finding passwords and activation codes. I can’t just put my hand on my Office 2000 CDs so I downloaded OpenOffice instead. Not only is the price right, free, it seems easier to use. Certainly does everything I need and far more. Including opening Office 2003 documents.