I wonder if it’s a law of nature, bank holidays shall be wet! I know, half the country is suffering drought but we’re in the wet bit. Anyway, I’m ready for a dry spell now if we ever get one, the second water barrel arrived and is connected up.
Our neighbours to the rear actually supply most of their water by harvesting rain water. They’ve an intermittent spring so to keep a continual supply they catch the rain from the roof. Not being on the mains means they don’t have to pay for a water supply but they have to provide the tankage, pumps and filtration / sterilisation equipment. All in all, I’m thinking that mains water isn’t a bad deal!
It’s not only been wet, it’s been cold and windy as well. Now this might not be as bad as it feels right now, apparently there’s a saying that “A cold May and a windy, a full barn will find ye” So there’s hope for a good growing summer yet.
Clearing a plot – glyphosate.
It’s always a point of contention, to spray or not to spray. You take on an overgrown plot with perennial weeds such as couch grass or ground elder and you’ve got two real choices. Spray it over and kill them off or be prepared for a lot of extra digging over the years to come.
Personally I dislike over use of chemicals but I think they have their place and this is one of them. Those weeds that re-grow from just a bit of root left in the ground can be really dispiriting, especially when they pop up in the middle of a crop so you can’t realistically cultivate them out.
As herbicides go, glyphosate is pretty good. You spray it onto the growing weeds and they take it down to the roots and through some chemical magic, kill off the plant. Once the spray hits the ground, it deactivates and so you can plant out as soon as the old weeds are dead and the ground cultivated.
What sparked me to talk about this is an email asking me about clearing a new plot with couch grass using glyphosate. I’ve got a couple of articles on the site about clearing new allotments that may be helpful: Clearing a New Allotment, which is my advice on what to do and the humorous You Have an Allotment!
Greenhouse Wind Damage
The windy May has resulted in a lot of greenhouses being converted to scrap metal and broken glass. I know we’re shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but we can be sure that we’ll have high winds again so this article on preventing damage to greenhouses in high winds could be worth a read.