Wednesday, 28 May 2014

By Hook or by Crook

The forecast for Tuesday was for rain all day but I’d decided that this was the day I was going to get our plot greenhouse tomatoes planted. First thing in the morning was drizzly and damp but even if it meant getting a bit wet this job needed doing. The first task was a visit to the garden centre for some grow bags which were then taken down to plot. By this time the weather had brightened up considerably and it was a bit of a warm task giving the grow bags that beating to break up the compost inside that’s always well compacted due to the grow bags being stacked on top of one another. Once the bags were in place in the greenhouse it was back home for lunch and to fill up the car with tomato plants.

By the time we got back to the plot, although not actually falling, rain was threatening so we decided to do a few jobs outside saving planting the tomatoes as a fall back job which could be done in the dry in the greenhouse if the rain came.

Sue planted out our first lettuces of the season “Red Salad Bowl” and “Little Gem”. I decided to sort out a few pea sticks as we had three rows of peas and a row of sweet peas all growing well with nothing to climb up. It was the sort of job that could be abandoned half way through if it started to rain. Unbelievably the rain held off and I ran out of peas sticks before all the peas were supported. Our “Carouby de Maussane” peas now have something to climb up.
The rain continued to hold off and the tomatoes plants were transplanted into their growbags. They'll need some supports too but I decided to leave that for another day.
We left the plot around 18:00 and it was still rain free although there was a cold north easterly wind blowing but the day’s weather forecast for rain all day turned out to be wrong for Ossett. The tomatoes were planted and we'd managed to stay dry.

Copyright: Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


  1. everything in the garden (and greenhouse) is looking rosy all we need now is sunshine

    1. Even a dry spell would be appreciated David.

  2. We've been surprised by some dry days where rain was forecast too. Looks like you had a productive time. I love salad bowl lettuces, they always seem reliable. Nice to see the tomatoes happily in and the peas on their way. I love this time of year!

    1. I love it too - the promise of things to come. Harvesting time isn't too far off now though when we find out if that promise is true or not.


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