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Day 142 - Twenty in '20

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Half of England have been whinging about the heat today.  Mostly the southern half obvs.  Not me.  Then again I'm not in England.  It's been around 83f here today which I am fine with.  I love the sun and don't find that particularly hot tbh.  Mind you, it was overcast and took until this afternoon to burn off.  Naturally I inspected my babies as ever.  Remember the plant order I placed way back at the beginning of April which took forever to arrive?  Well it included four dwarf fruit bushes.  Given how long it took for them to actually dispatch the order, I definitely didn't expect any fruit this year.  However, the blackberry bush is flowering which is a little late but interesting.  I also found myself wondering why I bought a blackberry bush when there's plenty growing wild locally. emoticon

The potato foliage has pretty much died back but I'm leaving them until after my trip 'home'.  The courgette plants haven't survived the various shocks, what with the collapsing of the green house, being replanted, then attacked by slugs.  The squash plant though is totally fighting back and I can see at least one potential fruit.  The peppers are definitely flowering though it remains to be seen a] whether they develop and b] if they have time to reach maturity before it's too late.  

As for the tomatoes, I counted twenty today.  Granted some are teeny weeny atm but they still count.  For sure there are more developing.  I'm kind of hoping that any which start before I go 'home' will have time to reach maturity before the weather gets too cold.  I can ripen them indoors.  Twenty though eh?  A little over a fortnight ago I only had 3.  Twenty is nearly a glut, right?

It's chucked down with rain all evening so I should do a slug patrol.  However we now have thunder and lightning which isn't very, very frightening at all.  In fact I love a good storm.  But if you think I'm going to mess about on the broken slabs that currently make up the patio, and the steps down, with a storm going on, in the pitch black, you are 'aving a larf'.  Sorry plants - love you loads but not enough to risk breaking my bones.  Or melting.

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  • MEADSBAY
    We cannot keep up with my dear man’s bountiful garden.
    We are keeping our family and about three neighbors supplied.
    This has been the hottest summer on record here in Rhode Island...sooo grateful for our a/c but miss spending a lot of time outside...only mornings and later after the sun is low.
    The beaches are crowded due to the heat so that’s not good, either, for me.
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    40 days ago
  • KITTYHAWK1949
    I tried to grow tomatoes last summer. I had a huge plant but the end of summer and had lots and lots of blooms but I only got one fruit and it was half eaten before I picked it. I have no green thumb. Very disappointing.
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    40 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Wow! That’s really good, considering the start in life those poor tomato plants had. Mine have fared somewhat better and I’m picking about a dozen or so daily, including cherry tomatoes, the down side being that I get set upon by mozzies every time. So every morning at the moment, it’s poo patrol, wash hands, pick tomatoes, bite cream...
    Have a great Thursday!
    40 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    LOL! Yes, those plant babies are not worth life and limb.

    HUGS and best to those little tomatoes and other goodies blossoming!
    41 days ago
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