After the success of planting a tomato plant and pumpkin under cloche cover on Monday, I decided to plant another tomato out tonight. It is a bit chilly, so I am sure the plant will appreciate the cloche while it gets established.
I am really glad that I bought the cloche last year. The small one you can see in the photo above came in a pack of two which cost approximately £12. I have no idea if they have already paid their way, since the turnips they protected last season were a bit of a flop and, while the chard was productive, I have not costed up what I got. However, I have no doubt that by the end of this summer I will confidently be able to say I have got my return on them.
Now, we just need a spot of rain. Perhaps it is wishful thinking that I have in fact just felt one on my cheek (sitting on the patio as I write this). But at least I have still got much of the water I collected last summer…. You can see some of the bottles I filled in the many downpours this time last year in the above photo, too!
© Helen Butt, June 2013.