The wind began in earnest on Thursday evening, and although it has lessened, it is still gusting over 50mph tonight. The last ferry was on Thursday. Monday’s is already cancelled, and I doubt we’ll see one on Tuesday given the forecast.
I have battened down the hatches and started some garden planning.
First of all, I finally (before the wind arrived) got round to clearing the tomato plants out, fertilising the greenhouse, and covering the ground in cardboard. I’m told that if you water the cardboard, it encourages the worms and warms the soil. We’ll see!
The big storm on Thursday night did very little damage to the house or croft, thankfully. My bean frame has met an untimely end, though.
It collapsed entirely the next night.
The storm also brough an unusual sight – a covering of white stuff on the ground. Not snow, but hail stones. Either way, it looked pretty for the 30 minutes or so that it lasted.
Plans are well afoot for extending the vegetable garden into a small market garden. Fencing has been ordered, and I have ordered my seeds.
Here is this year’s list – it should keep me out of mischief.
Carrots – Nantes
Parsnips – Tender & True
Spring cabbage – Hispi
Red cabbage – red drum head
White cabbage – golden acre
Lettuce – little gem
Marrow – Table Dainty
Spinach – Perpetual spinach
Aubergine – Money Maker
Kale – Pentland Brig
Tomatoes – Gardners Delight
Beetroot – bolt hardy
Onion – Red Baron
Onions – Sturon
Flat leaf Parsley