Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Monday morning got off to a fine start with some sunny periods and feeling quite warm. By lunchtime all that changed as dark thunderclouds started to develop resulting in some heavy afternoon showers. The rainfall amount didn't come to anything like Sunday's downpour and amounted to 2.2 mm.
I was fairly sure that in previous years we had already started picking plums by the time August came around. However, our plums were off to a bad start this year due to the very cold spring and they haven't recovered. Looking back in 2011 we picked our first plums on 24 July.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:36
Monday, 29 July 2013
Sunday turned out to be the wettest day since last July. We had a total just over 36 mm of rain in 24 hours. That's the wettest day since 6 July last year with 39.2 mm. Sunday itself turned out to be a day of short sunny spells interspersed with some heavy showers.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 07:30
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Friday and Saturday were very nice summer’s days with long sunny periods and the temperature up into the mid to high twenties centigrade.
With just 14.2mm of rainfall this month by Saturday morning it was looking as though it would be much drier than the average 42.7mm we can expect to fall in July. All that changed overnight Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Checking my weather station on Sunday morning I couldn't believe my eyes as the rainfall total for Sunday already showed 28.6mm.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:03
Friday, 26 July 2013
Thursday was a very pleasant summer’s day with some sunny spells after a little rain overnight. It only amounted to 0.4mm which wasn’t enough to benefit the garden or plot.
Our weed control fabric experiment extended to our courgette bed this year. Our pot raised courgette plants were planted through crosses cut in the fabric. I admit to being a little worried as to whether the plants would grow well enough restricted to just this cut ‘hole’.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:28
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Wednesday was a warm muggy day with a light shower late in the afternoon.
I noticed that one of our garden greenhouse tomatoes has a bad attack of blossom end rot. I think that’s what it is and it does look like a serious problem. This variety is Sioux and it’s the only plant of this variety in our home greenhouse.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 08:41
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Thunderstorms in the morning and then again in the evening brought some welcome rain. The heaviest rain fell through the morning before it brightened up for the afternoon. It was a very warm muggy afternoon and the threat of a storm never seemed far away.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:58
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
The forecast for Monday seemed way out in the morning as it was cloudy and on the cool side, but in the afternoon the sun broke through the cloud and the temperature was soon up to the forecast 26°C.Back at the end of September 2011 our pot grown fig tree looked like this.
Monday, 22 July 2013
The forecast was correct and for us the hot weather moved away and cooler conditions arrived for the weekend. The cooler weather meant that we could do a few more energetic jobs down on the plot. We needed to dig some more potatoes and as our Swift have suffered badly in the hot dry conditions and the foliage has turned brown or disappeared I decided to lift what remained of the row.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:03
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Friday was another hot day although there was more cloud about but the temperature still reached 29.7°C. With Thursday’s 30.2°C and an intervening night time low of 15.6°C we met the heatwave criteria for Yorkshire and Humberside. Although there’s much in the media about the heatwave continuing and for even hotter weather next week that isn't forecast for us as we are due some cooler weather but that much needed rain doesn't appear to be in the forecast.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:02
Friday, 19 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
The hot spell of weather continued on Monday and Tuesday with temperatures approaching the 30°C mark. In this “heatwave” we've had four days with the temperature above 29°C but none have yet managed 30°C. The highest still remains as Tuesday 9th with 29.6°C.
Monday, 15 July 2013
Sunday was a lovely summer’s day with the temperature making it up to 25.9°C but feeling far more comfortable than Saturday’s 29.4°C. Although we didn't get heatwave conditions by day we did by night with the temperature not falling below 15°C.
What a contrast this July is with last. By mid month last year we'd had 83.0mm of rain compared to this year’s 3.4mm and I’d recorded just 32 hours of sunshine against 85 hours this year.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:19
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Saturday was another scorcher of a day with the temperature reaching 29.4°C. There was more cloud about but it didn't cool the day down at all.
Strangely we often talk about heatwaves but what exactly is a heatwave. Other countries such as America and Australia where high temperatures are more extreme than the UK do have definitions. It seems that here in the UK we don't have a precise definition.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:43
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Plenty of sunshine again on Friday with the temperature reaching 29.2°C at 16:00. It’s forecast to be a little bit cooler over the next few days.
I noticed today that a second Mimosa Pink Sparkles has germinated. These seeds were sown on 09 April 2013 and after spending some time under the indoor growlight were eventually moved into the greenhouse. We had a few false alarms as various strange little seedlings emerged from the compost but none of them turned out to be mimosa seedlings. Then after 83 days on 01 July 2013 our first true Mimosa seedling pushed through the compost.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 08:30
Friday, 12 July 2013
After the dull weather of Wednesday, Thursday was another brilliant summer’s day with almost unbroken sunshine once again. The temperature was pleasant reaching the low twenties.
On such a lovely summer’s day it’s a bit odd thinking about winter brassicas but our plants were certainly ready for planting out on the plot. Plenty of water was required to ensure that the plants will become accustomed to their new conditions as quickly as possible.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:06
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Monday was another fine day although there was a little bit of cloud at times and it wasn't quite as hot.
On the plot we've been comparing the tops of our early potatoes Vales Emerald and Swift. Both were planted on 15 April 2013 but Vales Emerald has grown much stronger than Swift leading us to think that Vales Emerald would produce by far the larger crop.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:17
Monday, 8 July 2013
Sunday continued the spell of hot weather nudging this year’s high temperature up to 28.8°C.
Our elderflower cordial was given the taste test today. All that needed to be done today was to strain the mixture through a muslin cloth and the cordial was ready. It was surprising how just a couple of pink flower heads coloured the mixture.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:33
Sunday, 7 July 2013
Saturday, 6 July 2013
As forecast Friday was a gorgeous summer’s day. It was the warmest day of the year with a high of 24.4°C making it the warmest day we've had since 09 September 2012 when the thermometer touched 26.2°C.
Our garden mint bought on 06 June and planted in a large pot at home has grown really well. It seemed a shame to let all that mint go to waste so I decided to try this recipe to preserve some for use through the winter.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:16
Friday, 5 July 2013
Thursday was another so - so sort of a day with some sunny periods and once again a strong breeze at times. For the fourth time in five nights this month the overnight temperature fell into single figures including Friday morning.
We picked our first peas on Thursday. These were Meteor sown in our home greenhouse back in April. Their sowing and subsequent growing history is below.Not a large first picking but they tasted very nice as we ate them au natural in a salad. I’d normally expect our early spring sowing of broad beans to be ready before our peas. Our Witkeim Manita have some very nice looking pods but the beans haven’t swelled up inside and will need a few more days to fill out before picking.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:25