On Monday I reported that my tomatoes had finally succumbed to the dreaded ‘blight’. I thought it would be interesting to take photographs to show just how quickly ‘blight’ spreads over the plant. So here are the pictures that I took:
So by day two there was no mistaking that the plants had ‘blight’. By day four the remaining tomatoes growing on the plants had begun to turn brown too:
I hope these pictures will help to identify ‘ blight’ if anyone reading this blog is at all unsure what to look for.
This week at the allotment I have managed to get quite a lot done. It has helped that I am staying there longer than usual each day so I don’t get in the way of the builders at home.
Below is a photo that shows the outside my polytunnel last year. Since this photograph was taken, this area has become a bit of a dumping ground and is now quite messy and so this week I decided it was time to make it a much more productive area. I have decided to grow my fruit bushes here instead.
I started by lifting the slabs that were laid over half of the area:
And then I re-laid the path at the side:
I then dug up all the grass. I actually just turned the grass over and leveled the ground. I will be putting weed suppressant down at the weekend which will kill off any grass that remains. In a few weeks time I will plant the bushes and then lay wood chip around them so it will be quite a low maintenance area.
Another small thing I did this week was to finish off around my shed after moving it last week. I sowed some grass seed in the space next to my shed that I had dug out by mistake:
I also coved my two waterbutts to stop leaves etc from falling into them. The last few years I have used the thin weed suppressant to cover the butts, but it always rips, so I decided to look for something different to use. I found an old tent liner that the previous plot holder had left and I cut it up and used this by tying it to the down pipes. I was really pleased with it, even though it doesn’t look particularly good, it serves a purpose.
The Michealmus Daisys are looking really beautiful on my plot now. I love this time of year when they are in flower. I grow them for a few reasons:
- They separate my rotational beds
- They attract lots of beneficial insects later in the season
- They look beautiful when they flower
- They remind me of my grandad (who died before I was born) as his birthday was on September 29th which is Michealmus Daisy day.
I think the Michealmus Daisys compliment the orange Calendula that are still flowering beautifully along my paths….what do you think?
Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back on Monday with an update on our building work.
I hope you have a good weekend.