This summer there were many sweltering days, with sometimes more than 40°C. and a burning sun in the afternoon, which seemed to scorch the garden. For a garden, such a summer is as an inverted winter, with frost and clouds. The garden stands still and waits.
Often, the beets can do without a shadow cloth. Once they have developed a foliage, the shade cloth can go. It may be that the leaves start to droop in the heat, but that is a normal reaction, without further consequences. And the beets will get good and sweet in the sun.
|Young beet plants and a cauliflower plant with a future.|
|And the somewhat older beet plants, without a shade cloth.|
It was this summer for the first time that I have grown melons in tubs. Three pre-cultured plantlets in a tub of 45 liters.
|The first week of June 2016.|
|The first week of July 2016.|
Because the leaves of the melon plants started to hung flabby, I thought a shade cloth should salve this problem. Until this moment that I discovered that the melons began to lose their taste... The amount of sugars began to decline. As with the red beets, melons certainly need the sun to make sugars.
Now as I have taken off the cloth, the taste of the melons have improved greatly. The leaves of the plants show some damage, but this cannot bother a 'sun melon'... apparently.
|The last week of August 2016.|
Meanwhile, the peas were shriveled. They did not exceed about 20 cm. and on the rebound, they produced a pod. You never know... After all, the offspring must be safeguarded... Whatever happens and whatever will come of it...
|The ants have a habit of to relish the sugar around the incitement of the beans. A cheerful bunch. And no problem for the bean, when its condition is good. But as soon as the plant is weakened, we find holes in the beans. As now in August...|
For this moment we also stand still... and wait...