In which we defeat the seedling-munching rodent but are challenged by the tomato-leaf-yellowing disease ….
We had a problem in the Shade House in the shaped of a rat which developed a taste for juicy young seedlings for which you cannot blame it. I would too. However this is not conducive to our general propagation happiness – in fact it is not the best way to start the day to come down the hill full of the joys of the early morning sunshine at Milkwood and find tube stock and seed trays ransacked in the night. @#$**!! rat. And the cunning devil could not be found or caught so, being equally cunning and devilish we decided to convert the Prop House (of earlier Tomato-care fame) with bird-cage wire netting which is also rodent-proof (we hope – unless it develops wire-cutting incisors)
Meanwhile in the garden beans and peas are flourishing :
However, and sadly, all is not well in the OMG – our Cherry Tomatoes have just this week started to show signs of sickness and stress. This could be due to mineral deficiencies or a funghal attack brought on by all the rain we had recently. We are monitoring and taking action as below….. bit of a worry though.
But there is much cause for joy otherwise as this wheel barrow full of goodness shows – that’s 3.5kg Beetroot, 1.4kg mixed lettuce leaves and 4.2kg Spring Onions … not bad for one morning’s picking.
And out in the Potato Patch the ring of corn/beans/pumkins/peas (planted more for wind protection than cropping) is springing up after the rain
And so, at the end of Week 14 here we are – OMG and Outside coming on well. Sometimes I find myself slightly in awe of what we have achieved in so short a time … and all down to the power of Community. Thank you all for your physical assistance, encouragement and ideas.