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a stitch in time…

saves nine.  So the saying goes.  I used to hear this, mostly when the hem of my school skirt was adrift, (though I usually thought ‘that’s what sellotape is for’).  Why the saying?  We had heavy frosts in the middle of April. Though I fleeced newly planted peas we didn’t have enough fabric to cover all the crops and I’ve noticed that some of the strawberry plants are showing symptons of ‘black eye’.

This has been caused by the frost.  I’ve been picking off the flowers as these won’t develop fruit.  We’ll need to see if there has been any other effects once the strawberries start to develop.   The kiwi also took a hit, certainly on the leaves.

The flowers might not be affected as they were in bud and until the cultivar ‘Jenny’ starts flowering we won’t get fruit from the kiwis anyway.

The apples were starting in flower when the frosts came; I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed for them.  Elsewhere it all looks pretty good.

I will have to start on the thinning soon.




playing gooseberry….


We have a kiwi fruit and I’m hoping it is Actinidia deliciosa, rather than say,  A. chinensis. I planted it a couple of years ago and it has flowered for the first time this month.   Furthermore, I’m hoping it is a cultivar called ‘Jenny’, but truth is I can’t remember.  Jenny is a self fertile cultivar with pollination by bees.

The fruit might sound exotic, the plant might be classed, (by the RHS), as frost hardy in balmy UK, but  in our veg plot it has started to gain ground, or more accurately, trained wire.

The quandary re. cultivar arises because we only have one plant so it matters whether the plant is male, female or (please, please), self fertile.  If the plant is not self pollinating we won’t get fruit.    From my photo it look like we have female flowers – but at the moment I cannot see any male equivalent.

So I’m waiting ….. and hoping …. and wishing…..