It’s been a particularly warm early summer in Martinborough and although things had been getting very dry, we had a recent very wet week that perked things up. As we’ve been here full-time on holiday since Xmas eve, we’ve been able to water regularly. The tomatoes are going well in our new greenhouse, but if you look closely at the picture, you’ll see they are drooping a bit. We had scorchers yesterday and today that put temperatures in the greenhouse well into the 30s (C). The tomatoes got a good soaking after they were photographed.
This year we have a terrific grape crop. Plums have been hopeless, citrus trees (lemons, tangelos and grapefruit) loaded. It doesn’t seem possible to get great crops of everything in any given year. Apricots have been fair; peaches useless. Currants average but we lost many of them to birds, which have been particularly numerous and ravenous. The birds also did in our cherries, even getting most of the fruit we thought was safely netted. The one thing we can be sure of is that every April we start harvesting far more feijoas than we can possibly eat.