Tomatoes going out


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.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Tomatoes going out

  1. Oh nooooo…please don’t mention rain…! I love your little cloche. I hope your tomato plant will be ok. I also collect water in milk cartons and use them to hold down netting while waiting to use the water!

  2. Wow. You save rainwater!! You might save the planet all on your own!! 🙂

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