The vegetable patch is usually a very sunny and protected place to be, but our windbreak of sitka spruce has grown a little too enthusiastically in the past two years. Even on a sunny day like today the vegetable are shaded for almost two-thirds of the day. It will be worse come autumn and winter.
The shadows are now so long as to leave all the vegetable beds in shadow from around 4pm. I’ll have to pollard the trees this weekend, provided the wind drops and it doesn’t rain. As they’re spruce trees, it’s quite an interesting experience climbing them—their needle-like foliage gets in everywhere and it’s often difficult hauling equipment up on a rope thanks to the thick profusion of branches. Oh well, it’s always good to find more jobs to add to my list.