I have been post a lot, Dear Reader, I blame the heatwave, there’s no air-conditioning in our house and my window is sealed shut. I need something to distract from this heat, still the plants love it and at nearly forty degrees the greenhouse plants have burst into profuse foliage, one basil plant that was scraggly has become a sphere of new growth. I might have a new recipe soon, if it works that is, it’s a mingling of other recipes, but at this point unless I get new ingredients it’s going to be the only way to create new recipes. At least I’ll be eating really well for the next few months. As you can see the berry harvest is going well, the strawberries are coming into the second flowering stage so they’ll take a while to start fruiting again. I think I’ll leave my jam making until the Autumn, I want it when there’s little else to do. I hope to make use of the berries in savoury applications, both new and old, as the Summer rolls on. I’ll type this up over a few days to give you all a rest.
I think the strawberries are almost finished with their first flowering. The yellow seem to be picking up now and I, hopefully, will have to gently pluck the tiny, delicate, deliciously sweet berries. It’s now the hottest it’s been since 1971, Dear Reader, hotter than I’ve ever experienced. At least I can feed the plants and get plenty of new growth. I added the compost that was ready to the bed with the squash and put some under the sheets that serve as paths, it was chocked full of earthworms so I want them alive and in the soil and keeping them in this heat in a bag wasn’t going to be smart. You learn a lot and you certainly learn the benefits of keeping useful lifeforms alive and well. Though my compost tea is full of deceased worms, I’ve been calling it worm soul juice.
It’s so hot, Dear Reader, the night air isn’t even cool so going out doesn’t offer any reprieve. I did have to venture out to examine my water lotus with a light. It’s, well, it’s growing, but as I’ve never done this before and most Google results are just general copy and pastes I have to guess. The crown, where the original seeds top is, has put out a thick shoot that seems to be rooting into the soil and has a leaf growing halfway along the thick stem. I’ thinking the stones might have been a mistake, but then the exposed clay might have kept stirring up so, I guess, always guessing, I just hope for the best that the plant knows what it’s doing. If it’s anchored already it must be okay, the gaps in the stones are large. I’ve cobbled a slow release feeding tube. It’s a porous clay dripper, a tube from a self-watering planter, that never worked and a cap, all filled with a light comfrey tea. The tea went in and the water level remains the same. So, I suppose that a slow release feed might work in time.