Yes. Today is the hottest day in the whole world this year apparently. So how better to spend the hours between 11am and 2pm building a fruit cage in an area with NO SHADE!!
We are indeed insane. Still, we remembered to take water – so delightful when the water is hotter than you are when you drink it. Today we have finished the base which we have also been working on throughout the week. K has been putting the wood down and I’ve been building up the ground with mulch as the allotment ground isn’t straight. The result being no gaps at the bottom of the structure.
I also cut strips of ground sheet out to give to K to staple onto the roof cross-pieces so when we put the netting on, it won’t tear. After ten minutes of doing this, I took my scissors, my kneeler and the ground sheet roll to a tiny bit of shade near the hedge as it was just too darn hot in the full sun.
K has also very cleverly built a door which we fitted today.
We’re pretty pleased with it – it opens and closes and everything. Here is a picture of our now protected roof cross-pieces:
In other news, the gladioli now have their first buds on which is fabulous:
And the courgette has a flower:
And in very exciting news, the first climbing French beans have cropped:
Here are pictures of the two harvests we’ve taken during the week:
Above you can see carnations, sweet peas (such long stems!) and lilies.
And today’s harvest (above) is roses, sweet peas, coreopsis, carnations, the last of the mangetouts, the first of the amazing climbing French beans and some blackcurrants – which I’ll make into a crumble with some plums I bought.
Here are the vases at home:
Enjoy this scorching weekend, everyone!