My last garden update detailed how brilliantly happy my tomatoes were. I had even trained them up a recycled pallet trellis, encouraged their first flowers out, and generally felt awesome for the trouble.
And then we got a dose of the dreaded Powdery Mildew.
The two biggest tomato plants are now ridiculously unhappy, and wilting massively. I think they are entirely a lost cause, but I’m treating accordingly and hoping they can be saved. I’ve also tried to contain the issue, moving the other tomato plants as far away as possible, in a hope that we might actually get some balcony tomatoes this year.
In other news, the first few pepper and chillies are fruiting. They are the ones that have been grown in my innovative sock and soda bottle combo, and that seems to be working really well. In addition, the potatoes are coming along nicely, and all the herbs are throwing out blossoms as we speak. The lavender is also in bloom, and the apple trees are starting to develop the teensy-weensy apples.
It’s not all good news though. The courgettes aren’t particularly happy, with a bit of wind damage not helping, but we have a French pumpkin (unsure of the variety off the top of my head) that is doing okay, along with one of the yellow courgettes.
Strawberries are also happily forming, meaning we might be able to make a bowl or so before Wimbledon at this rate.
For now, however, my weekend will be spent doing a bit of repotting and enjoying the deckchair…