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Too dry – very busy on the plot

It’s too dry! I’m having to spend time watering now, which is not normal here in the wettest bit of Wales. Still, it’s nice to be out in the sunshine watering rather than looking out of the window at it pouring from the sky.


The dry spell is not without its problems beyond the garden. Somebody set fire to a field of gorse not too far from us – not a controlled burn. The fire brigade put it out but four acres went up in flames. The first we knew about it was blue and red flashing lights at the bottom of the track as the fire engine filled up from the hydrant.

Sprinkler watering the potato patch under sunny blue skies


I’m having to water now, this is not what we expect in Snowdonia! The sprinkler is covering the potato beds and the comfrey to the left. Behind and to the right is weed matting laid on the grass which is covered in grass clippings and cardboard. This will have pumpkins and squashes planted through.

Sheep manure

The last of the sheep manure mountain from February last year has been moved from the field. Filled two compost bays along with some part-rotted compost and yet more cardboard.

It was very dry so a good soaking to help it break down prior to hopefully producing some great squashes and pumpkins.

Tomatoes Doing Well

In the potting shed the tomatoes are really doing well. Had to add another tier to the Vitopod as the plants were pushing the lids. It seems the 12 hours added lighting per day regime is doing the job.

I might have been a little premature with the tomatoes – they’re more than ready to plant out but it’s still a little chilly at night in the tunnel and greenhouses. If I plant in the border the retained heat in the soil which is at about 14ºC now should protect them from night chills.


Sowed some Little Gem lettuce in a Bustaseed tray which did well. Planting out is a doddle. Just remove a strip and tip out what has basically become a plug plant. Planting is easy too. Just make a hole, drop the plug into the soil, firm up and job’s a good ‘un.

Put some into the polytunnel, some into a raised bed and half a dozen into the salad planter. That’s starting to look something like now – radish, spring onions, mesclun salad mix leaves and the little gems.

There was a space at the end of the recycled plastic raised bed which has shallots in so used that for some lettuce. My cunning plan is to spread the harvest a bit. First the ones from the salad planter, then the polytunnel and finally from outside. If I do get some going over and bolting then the chickens will convert them into eggs.

Lettuce in the Bustaseed module

Strip of lettuce to plant out from the modules

Salad planter starting to look well with radish, spring onions, mesclun mix and little gems

Lettuce planted in vacant space in the raised bed. Shallots to the right.

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One comment on “Too dry – very busy on the plot
  1. Esther says:

    Up here on the west coast of Cumbria, the plots are terribly dry. The only thing that will grow from seed in the raised beds is lettuce. So far the chard, cabbages and kale have all failed. I’m trying to use peat free compost for the first time and it’s like dust. My neighbour puts down fresh cow muck every autumn, forks it over, then has great crops. Maybe I need to add dung like this in the autumn, too? Peat has now been banned on the site from next spring.

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