Windy nights, sick days and sweetcorn

I've had some kind of summer virus - I'm not sure it was a cold ... the main symptom seemed to be an intensely sore throat and swollen glands that made it painful to talk or even to swallow. And tiredness - I think that was a symptom too, although tiredness is just my natural condition at this time of year, as I go from picking to washing and either jam-making, pudding making or freezing what seems to be an unending supply of soft fruit. Not to mention the issue of what to do with all those courgettes, the maincrop peas that need to be podded and blanched and so on and so on ...

So we had a real gale on Tuesday/Wednesday and I managed to drag myself to the plot to see how things were. To my amazement, all the sunflowers were still standing. I'd expected at least one to have pulled free of its stake. On the other hand, while the corn in the mesh boxes was doing well, the overstocks - which we'd stuck in a patch of ground that had nothing growing in it - were reclining on the ground as if the whole idea of standing up had suddenly become too much for them.

I hope to be back to normal posting/picking/plot-visits by Tuesday - it's a real pain to be ill at the height of the summer!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Sunday, July 18, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

Hope your feeling much better soon. I thankfully don't have the sore throat but the tiredness I do have, but I think with us it is the heat here in Latvia as much as lugging myself around the three different plots we tend.

I am amazed at your sweetcorn, I think we must have caught you up and overtaken you. Ours are over 5ft tall now (well higher than me) and they are starting to produce the hairs at the top of the cobs. Once a summer gets going in Latvia we do seem to do really well.

July 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry that you aren't well, do get better fast please...I rarely comment but daily check your blog and enjoy what what I read...and learn !

love and good wishes for a very speedy recovery


July 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Craig Rockfield said...

Nice blog. Just got my new lotty will add a link to yours on mine :)

All the best, Craig.

July 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Joanna - your corn is definitely beating ours! Hope you are feeling better too - I say every year that glut-season is too much for me and every year I end up still pickling, jam-making and freezing at midnight several days a week.

Dee - that's very kind of you, I'm really glad to know you enjoy the blog and I am feeling a lot better now.

Craig - welcome! Love your picket fence ...

July 21, 2010 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

We measured our indoor sweetcorn and it measures at 2.70m high, our outdoor ones are not quite so high but I am guessing they are still about 1.8 - 2m tall.

July 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous said...

I hope you're feeling well soon. Fortunately my sweetcorn has stood up to the winds so far and I am glad you have some that is still ok....wouldn't it be nice if we could guarantee the weather so know exactly what crops to grow and when...oh to live in an ideal world....

July 21, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Oh that would be lovely indeed

July 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - INDOOR sweetcorn? Do tell me more!

July 26, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

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