Monday, 2 July 2018

Massive fruit drop

The Spring heralded a huge amount of blossom (on the trees that decided to blossom). A few weeks later, literally hundreds of apples, pears and various plums developed. A good year to come we thought.

All the May very early June rain helped swell these embryonic fruit nicely. The June drop occured and we were still left with quite a few. This hot weather and near drought conditions (no rain since June 2nd) have put paid to most of them. Such a shame.

Things in the flower garden contine to go from bad to worse. We are seriously thinking of cutting most things back to stop them wearing themselves out trying to keep going. We shall see.

I gave everything out back a good water Friday. Everything out front on Saturday. A hosepipe ban will shortly be in place I believe so that was probably the last time I shall use it. My water butts are only half full now. It might be necessary, whenever we have a bath, to pump the water out via the sink drain and into a line of watering cans. That water can at least help keep some things going.

Mother nature is certainly topsy turvy at the moment. A sign of changes to come methinks. Maybe we will have to think about more water butts although we currently have 5 and a plastic dustbin.

Andy has pulled out of Wimbledon. Such a shame but he needs more short matches under his belt. His mind is willing but he needs more match stamina to complete potential 5 set matches. Good decision methinks.

8 comments:

  1. 8 water butts here and still ran out of water, only watering greenhouse stuff, courgettes, beans, pots on the patio and a few new perennials. So to keep going through this drought would need a reservoir!
    I'm filling up water butts with hose pipe before the ban. Blow the cost - need to keep stuff going

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    1. Each flower gets water as it needs it. Tomatoes certainly need it daily.

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  2. I thought of you yesterday when I saw that Andy had pulled out of Wimbledon. It would be a shame to undo all the good work on his hip by playing long matches. No rain here for weeks either.

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    1. I think he has made the right decision.

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  3. Our fruit trees seem to be okay at the moment, considering they haven't been watered, but anything could happen with this weather. We're looking after the neighbouring plot for the next week so we will have even more watering to do!

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    1. Haven’t attempted to give the fruit trees water. Fruit bushes getting some though.

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  4. Our fairly young fruit trees only have a few fruit on due to the weird early spring weather so I hope ours do not drop off. Given up sowing any more veg, like carrots, as ground is like dust and we cant keep up the watering either.

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    1. 3 carrots have finally decided to grow. Maybe 10 beetroot and a few lettuce.

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