It really is quite unbelievable. One day we’re getting frosts and the next it’s blistering. They’re saying 28 degrees for Saturday! Yet the maximum predicted next Tuesday is just 11 degrees. Well, at least gardening isn’t boring in the UK!
Slugs & Snails
Now I know all about slug beer traps, upturned halves of grapefruits, copper bands and wires, crushed eggshells etc to stop them but the most effective defence is the slug pellet.
Now with 5 cats, including a daft kitten who eats anything, I don’t want to take any risks. I know they put a repellent in the standard pellets but any cat owner will tell you the forbidden food is far tastier than the best cat food.
So we use Growing Success Advanced pellets that are based on a safe chemical. I’m not saying you could eat them on a sandwich but they are safe for pets and wildlife. You can find out more about them and the other slug defences here: Slug Protection.
On the Allotment
I’ve managed a couple of trips down to the plot, mainly just a bit of weeding and watering. I had a bit of a surprise with the watering though. My long hosepipe has gone walkabout and so has the fitting off the end of the shorter pipe. Perhaps someone borrowed them and forgot to return them. A trip to the DIY shed for a cheap hosepipe is called for. I don’t think I’ll invest in a top quality one in the circumstances.
Progress in the Home Greenhouse
Back at home, the tomatoes are shooting up. They have put on 6″ in 5 days! So that’s the lid off the Vitopod now. The peppers aren’t doing well, I don’t know why they’re not putting much growth on.
Squashes and pumpkins are demanding to be planted or put in larger pots and the sweetcorn is doing OK except for one which a snail has attacked. That’s in spite of scattered pellets.
Hopefully I’ll have this lot out over the next week. I just want to run the Merry Tiller over plot five first.
Now if you think you and I have problems with this hot and cold weather, spare a thought for those showing at RHS Chelsea. I had a quick chat with Medwyn Williams who is famed for his 10 gold medals he’s won there. Not for unusual gardens made of stainless steel or other daftness, he’s got them for his displays of vegetables.
He’s been preparing for this for months and now, to quote, “the temperature is soaring and everything’s wilting” The poor chap sounded exhausted and really down. I’d bet good money (if I gambled) that he will have it perfect on the day and walk away with another gold.