Life goes on

William Hebditch - March 14th, 2019.

Another week, another shambles. What must the rest of the world think of the UK? What a shambles our politicians are. Oh for a decent opposition. Who on earth does one vote for if and when the next election comes around. Of course, I hope the next election will be to elect our MEP’s. Undoubtedly wishful thinking unless the can gets kicked a bit farther.

Meanwhile the wind blows and we haven’t been ale to deploy much polythene yet. Next week the weather is slated to improve so we should be able to crack on. Buds and flowers are moving quite quickly, so looks like the sprayer will be busy. It seems a strange thing to be spraying flowers in the early spring to protect fruits from rotting in the autumn but that’s what happens. Diseases like Botrytis and Sclerotinia hang around as latent infections till the fruit starts to ripen and then the disease expresses itself and starts to form mycelium and spores and we get rotten horrible fruits! Hence try to control the disease from entering the developing fruitlet through the flowers and the wounds that occur when petals fall. It’s a great way to minimise pesticide residues and actually be more effective than trying to protect the developed fruits.

It will be interesting to see if the asparagus is any earlier than usual. There is a suggestion that a dry September advances asparagus growth. Don’t ask why, nobody knows yet. With some of ours covered we hope to be cutting by mid April. I will keep you informed as to progress. Perhaps something may change with the Brexit saga by then.

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