Thursday, 21 July 2016

Another Hot One

Wednesday turned out to be another hot day with the temperature reaching 27.7°C (81.9°F) during the afternoon. The much heralded thunderstorms never materialised in Ossett.
Wednesday did create another weather record for my Ossett weather station as the overnight low only fell to 18.3°C or 64.9°F. The previous highest overnight low temperature of 17.9°C (64.2°F) occurred on 21 August 2015. 

After watering our home greenhouse tomatoes and pots of fruit and flowers in the morning it was a case of visiting the plot to check on the greenhouse tomatoes there. Luckily they seemed to have survived the hot sunny days without any ill effects.

If you are a regular follower of my blog you might remember that we are testing out some new to us varieties of potatoes bought at our local garden centre - The Horticentre - when they held a potato day back at the beginning of the year. We've already tested the first early potato Orla which tasted very good. In a sort of blind taste test Sue didn't spot that I'd swapped Casablanca for Orla as both tasted very good.
I noticed today that the tops of a second early variety Vivaldi have turned yellow suggesting that the potatoes underneath aren't going to do much more growing. On our next visit to the plot I might lift a root and taste test the potatoes.
This is my plan of how the potatoes were planted. The photo shows one remaining root of Orla to lift with Vivaldi to the left of the photo. All the remaining potatoes are maincrop varieties and will be left in the ground until the tops die down.


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