Climate change or just The Weather!
If you have seen my other recent posts you will note I have been a slave to watering recently. This is mostly because I have more time, when working I grew my plants tough especially on the Allotment, apart from Salads Tomatoes & Courgettes everything else got watered in well & then had to stand tough. I got reasonably good crops- I still do. Most veg still do ok with one crop succeeding another in the usual way. However one big change is hard to ignore, over the past 5-10 years the fruit in particular shows an unmistakable trend. Soft fruit comes in with a bang but does not last, where before it all followed an orderly pattern Strawberries, Raspberries Loganberries & Blackberries, with Cherries & Plums bulking out the July August fruit until the blackberries in September October. Now the Raspberries overlap the Strawbs, both gone already, blink & you miss the loganberries also gone. The summer Sun Cherry was finished by end of June not due till now. Plums ripening already as are the blackberries, they will be finished before August at this rate. Also for the first time I am having to water- all of it - including the cordon Apples & pears, apart from Strawberries I never used to bother, just mulch well & let them get on with it, I know commercially they always irrigate soft fruit in particular but we never needed to before. I have not changed any of the varieties, they were all chosen for the succession I outlined but they seem to be merging in to one.
Are others finding the same thing or is it just the London Heat Island effect!!
"As the days grow longer the cold grows stronger"