Wednesday 27 July 2022
Tuesday 26 July 2022
Hosepipe bans could come into force across England from next month if current dry weather continues, creating drought conditions.
The National Drought Group, which includes representatives from the water industry, farmers and government, will meet on Tuesday to discuss ways to mitigate water shortages. That could include local hosepipe bans and calls for households to cut down on non-essential use.
Most of England is already in prolonged dry weather status, the stage before a drought is declared. The last drought was announced in 2018 and stretched into the following year.
Southern Water has already made a drought permit request with the Environment Agency, which is likely to lead to a hosepipe ban in the area. The company has asked its customers to reduce their usage as much as possible to protect water levels in the River Test.
Monday 25 July 2022
In using the end of the roll of weed membrane the edges are not as sealed as good as they were at the start of the roll and I've been having to trim the edges of the roll and cutting out the 1.2m width out of the 2m roll less some trimming and tidying up.
Sunday 24 July 2022
No allotment today as there is no cover to allow me to go so I ended up trimming up some of the older blank membrane sheers and creating a 1.2m x 1.2m Planting Membrane sheet with 9 Holes at 300mm x 300mm with 300mm to the edge of the sheet, until the wind got so bad that I gave up fighting the weed membrane.
These half bed sheets will be able to be mix and matched on a full bed or used on the Square Foot Gardening 1.2m x 1.2m or 4ft x 4 ft beds.
The metallic silver Sharpy really pops on the black weed membrane, The lid used as a template for the holes measures 85mm diameter.
Friday 22 July 2022
The bed cleared of weeds yesterday had the second sowing of sweetcorn transplanted in place and they were watered in. We will either get a late crop or some greens for compost heap, so win win whatever the outcome really.
Square Foot Gardening Bed 2 Celery Aubergines and now Mini Muncher Cucumbers after weeding. The celery isn't really growing very much but I really hope they come to something as I've never managed to grow celery to maturity.
View on the three of the 4 Mini Muncher cucumbers from Suttons that germinated. Grow little cucumber grow and show me what you have got to give at £1 a seed.
Square Foot Gardening Bed 2 Celery Aubergines and now Mini Muncher Cucumbers. after weeding. The celery isn't really growing very fast. it could be the heat and lack of watering that is stunting them so I gave the bed a really good watering.
The bed was re covered with debris netting to stop Basil and his mates from digging it all up.
Active Compost bin filled to the brim once again with a mixture of Comfrey, spent compost, shredded paper and Rhubarb leaves all watered in layers. The Compost Meter went to the edge of Active just before I put the lid back on.
Rhubarb harvested and the leaves added to the second active Dalek along with some cardboard, spent compost.
When I arrived John was up the tree on plot 3 and was taking out some really long branches. I pinned the authorisation for John's actions on the notice board and gave him a copy just encase the old tenant of the now vacant plot turns up again.
The old tenant was issued a termination notice and should have removed all his stuff and returned his key back in May, but he has visited the site and talked to some of the plot holders and was watering the overgrown plots despite them not having anything growing on them or being his anymore!
Broccoli bolting and gong to seed in the heat.
Broccoli that I should harvest next visit
Cabbages looking good but I need to remove the small hoop frame and replace it with a larger one off one of the onion beds.
They have only been in a day but the best 10 of the 12 Cauliflower Depurple from Suttons are not looking promising after being heat stressed and don't appear to be bucking up. Only time will tell if these are going to come to anything.
So impressed with what Lee and Michelle are doing clearing what has been a historical rubbish heap and dumping ground for weeds on the site for at least the last 10 - 15 years if not longer.
The Raspberries have gone bonkers they need pulling back so one can actually get into the paths between the different varieties. and the edge of the plot needs to be weeded and more clearly defined in some way shape or form.
Thursday 21 July 2022
A couple of hours on the allotment this afternoon watering and getting a bed of 10 Cauliflower Depurple from Suttons that the heatwave has knocked back a bit into the ground. Clearing weeds from a bed and getting it ready for sweetcorn to go in on a future visit. Watered the Beetroot bed that is now showing seedlings. Cobs forming on half of the sweetcorn that are not really tall enough yet but the red grapevine is growing well and establishing itself.
Bed before clearing, if I had known we were going to have 40C days I would not have bothered warming the ground up!
Bed after weeding and removing the solar tents ready for a late sowing of sweetcorn next visit.
Grapevine doing well
The best 10 of the 12 Cauliflower Depurple from Suttons are in the ground now it's sink or swim time for them
Half of the sweetcorn have already developed tassels and corns and they aren't really tall enough yet. bad year for sweetcorn from the looks of things.
I did manage to get connected to both taps for plot 1 and Plot 1A so although a short visit with the sprinkler at full capacity and moving it around I managed to water most of the plot.
Tuesday 19 July 2022
As predicted 40C was reached and exceeded
Monday 18 July 2022
Sunday 17 July 2022
30C today so I didn't go to the allotment this morning as it was going to be just too hot and sunny to actually get anything done. The BBC are now predicting 40c for Monday & Tuesday. I can see very little being done the early part of next week.
An exceptional hot spell on Monday and Tuesday leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.
What to expect
- Population-wide adverse health effects experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life. Government advice is that 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.
- Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required
- High risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to localised loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services
- Significantly more people visiting coastal areas, lakes and rivers, leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents
- Delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays
and the following week. There doesn't appear to be much chance of overcast or rainy days for the next couple of weeks.
Friday 15 July 2022
Told the wife I needed to get some bread to make lunch as I forgot to pick some up when I went to ASDA this morning and decided to visit a store I don't usually go to because we are in that time of the year when they start reducing their gardening items .....
My Daughter sent me the photo above and I had to visit this morning to see if there were anything worth buying
Before the sun came down the garden this morning and the timber decking was in shade, I worked on a Planting Membrane 2.4m x1.2m with 18 planting holes at 400mm x 400m centres.
I laid it out on the timber decking so It can get warm and flatten out in the sun before folding up and putting in my rubber shopping tug for taking down to the allotment on my next visit.