So, I noticed last week that the plants were getting a little burnt in the hot Australian sun. Even ‘full sun’ plants can struggle a little, especially when they’re seedlings.
So I had a bit of a Google for what I could do for them, and I asked my carpenter partner to make some sort of shade cloth for the garden beds.
After a short Bunnings/hardware store trip last Saturday, followed by a second trip on Sunday morning to get timber (Bunnings didn’t have any good ones to use at the time), by Sunday evening, I had the above. They’re not fixed to the frame, so I can remove it during winter. They’re also adjustable, so I can lower it to about 30cm above the bed frame, to just the top.
Did I mention it’s really handy, living with a carpenter??
The plants are doing a whole lot better now. The larger tomato plant has flower buds already. 🥰 The tomatoes are all heirlooms, too, so I look forward to keeping the seeds and sowing them again next year.
And to finish off, check out these ☁️☁️☁️!!
Apparently they’re called mammatus clouds, which means they’ll forever be referred to as booby clouds by yours truly. Because I am very mature.
A former wet-lab based Bacteriology Ph. D student residing in Australia. Now working part time at a secret location as a Communications and Data Officer. 👀 🦠 🧫 🧬