Hail? Not a problem anymore. We breathed a huge sigh of relief after the netting went up and I have to say that my husband did a great job of securing the metal posts and attaching the supporting wire to enable us to protect the garden. My initial thought was that it looked a little bit of an eyesore but if the neighbors have any objections, then that it just too bad. All of the heirloom tomato plants are doing great and I think by the end of June or early July we'll be taking a bite out of our first cherry tomatoes. So far it's too early for the corn, round zucchini, squash, beans or beets, but out on the terrace the lone purple cauliflower has just began to show its head. I've already started seeds for more cauliflower and cabbages for winter harvest.
This year the peach tree is doing 10 x better than last. All that mulch and fertilizer boosted its health and there are dozens of young peaches like these all over. To keep the ants at bay I sprinkled a good dose of baby powder around the base of the tree and it works! No ants, no aphid farming, and what aphids there already were are kept in check with a pyrethrum spray plus a solution of stinging nettle "tea" made from the abundance of nettles in our garden. Now all we need is consistent sunshine and warm temperatures.
Today's high: 22°C / 72°F