Trev62-An intermittent gardening blog!

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So, we now have over 100 sacks of hay stored in the barn and with the weather we should get a decent second cut as well.

Our strawberries are coming off by the bowlful and very tasty they are as well. Harvested various herbs which are currently hung up to dry.

Most things are growing well with the warm and wet weather that has been interspersed with some gloriously hot days. Peas, carrots, beans etc. are shooting up. Tomato and pepper plants are looking strong. Melons, courgettes etc. also growing well.

So far, so good but you never know what disaster is waiting just around that corner!
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Really good year for strawberries so far, so many we have had to break out the dehydrators to preserve the excess.
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So, after a violent storm last night we were hit with another even worse one this evening. Thunder and lightning all around and the same strong winds as previously. Our peach trees that were laden with fruit are now half their original height but twice the width. A quick inspection by headlamp tonight and it looks as if most of the branches have snapped then bent in the wind.

Most of the cherry trees on the field border have lost branches that have out of spite decided to leave their tree trunks and then throw themselves into our vegetable beds. I am sure the damage to the veg will not look so bad when the sun rises tomorrow and things are replanted but by headlamp it does not look good.

On the plus side, I harvested a good amount/selection of herbs today, so we now have thyme, coriander, sage, basil, oregano, rosemary, savory, dill, mint, parsley all hanging up to air and dry.

The animals enjoyed all the spare cuttings
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So today we looked at the damaged trees, the peach trees will have to be butchered as most branches are broken. I am in two minds as to whether to just dig them out and use them for firewood. No peaches this year from them.

We spent most of the day clearing branches that had split or broke off from the cherry trees then having to harvest the flattened peas that were under some of them. Bonus is we now have 3.5 kilos of peas in the freezer and some extra firewood, bad new is we have lost a lot of pea plants that were not ready, also fallen branches destroyed the cabbages, tomato plants, melon plants, the list goes on.

Ah well, once we finish clearing up we will replant what we can and hopefully pick up some replacement plants from a roadside stall somewhere.

Worse things have happened )t'
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The unpredictability of nature
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In spirit I agree but in my mind >coc< they have been using cloud and hail busting rockets over the crops not too far from us these last few days, I have my suspicions the two are linked in some way especially as the Geo Engineers fully admit to not yet understanding the affect on the natural weather when using these techniques. But as I have said before I am just a suspicious and going senile old man with a tin foil hat living out in the sticks! :-D

Anyway back on subject, I have cut back one peach tree today and it now looks like a helicopter landing pad! Sad really the amount of fruit that is on the branches I am having to remove, what a waste. Still the goats and rabbits are enjoying them so not all is lost.
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I think I wound be suspicious too in that case
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Today I picked my first bowlful (this year) of gooseberries, hoping to make some wine from them. Strawberries are still producing well as are (unfortunately) the weeds.
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I need to thin / pick some gooseberries (When I'm not chopping brambles)
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