The state of play
Whilst we swelter in 35℃+, the garden is just about holding on. I’m watering the kitchen garden every two days, but the rest has to fend for itself. I’ve noticed that some of the five-year-old lavender is very unhappy and is beginning to fall over. However, in another area of the garden it looks very happy.
Other flower beds near the vegetable garden are having some water and have rewarded us with some lovely cutting flowers.
It’s been so hot that I have tried to do any jobs in the kitchen garden early in the morning. There are some mosquitoes about, but I slather myself in Dr J’s Natural insect repellent and it works a treat. This morning I hand-pollinated my courgettes, tied up some tomatoes and hoed the beds.
I just took off one male flower, turned it inside out then brushed it centre into the centre of female flowers. In the absence of as many bees as previously I want to ensure the flowers are pollinated.