Wind, Wind and more Wind
It’s been a tough week in the garden and the main problem has been the strong winds we’ve been encountering (particularly for the potatoes)
Unfortunately, even though I had staked them, the haulms have snapped, broken and are dying off really quick. With that in mind I decided to have a ‘furtle’ around one and based on that I decided to empty a bag. The result was ok, I could have probably waited another week or two but with the damage and not knowing what happens in this case I thought it best.
This lot, believe it not came in at just under 2lb so whilst that’s OK, I’m annoyed about the damage as I’m sure I would have ended up with nearer 3lb. Still they look great and I can’t wait to eat them.
I have one bag left which did not suffer as much damage, so whilst a couple of haulms have snapped I will keep them in for as long as I can in the hope for a bumper crop.
Another victim has been the Ironman and even though I had firmed them in well, the wind had actually ripped 3 out so they are lost. Fortunately I had kept 5 back in pots just in case some didn’t take so they are now in situ. Having left them it was amazing to see the root system that has developed so I’m really looking for great things from these. I have also made the decision to move them back under cover whilst we have the high winds and hopefully they can get a bit stronger whilst under there.
The peas are coming on well and my carrots are near enough ready (I think) so a couple more weeks for them and I will pull them. They were sown just over 70 days ago so what maybe another 3 more weeks (I have no idea but I think between 12-14 weeks should be about right – can anyone confirm that?)
Finally, for this post onto my chilli, which I haven’t shown as of yet. I did post here a while back that I thought I had left it too late and my suspicions I think were correct. I am going to try to see if I can get them moving on a bit but at worst, I can see how far they get so I know for next year.
As you can see, I think they should much bigger that what they currently are but fingers crossed and with some great weather (yeah OK that’s not going to happen is it) I may get lucky.
Posted on June 16, 2012, in Broccoli, Carrots, Chilli, Peas, Potatoes and tagged Calabrese Ironman, Carrots, Chilli, Container Growing, Growing Potatoes, Growing Vegetables, Potatoes. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.