|Paved area @ the bottom of my garden 10 a.m. today, waterlogged.|
One bonus of the recent (and more to come), heavy rain is that my rainwater barrels are all full again. I had used almost 2 barrels of water, just watering seedlings during February & March. The following plants have benefited from the extra rain, Spring Onions, Leeks, Parsnips, Turnips, Cabbages and Rhubarb and especially the Lettuce and Carrots. The Carrots in fact, didn't germinate for some time, until after they had experienced the first heavy downpour of rain. On the downside my Sprouts and Peas don't seem to like the persistent very cool wind accompanying the rain. Usually by this time of the year I have already planted out my Runner Beans. They are still languishing in pots in my shed until the temperatures rise considerably more than at present. The 3 Tomato plants hanging from buckets, alongside my shed, don't seem to have been adversely affected by the cold and rain. I expect if they had been planted conventionally, they would be struggling by now. Tomatoes generally like warmth and warm soil around their roots. The extra rain seems to have aided the growth of my Potatoes, with several "earlies" and a few of the "maincrop" plants showing through the tops of their "earthing up".
|Oca plants & Peppers still indoors|
By 2 p.m. yesterday the rain started yet again so I toddled off home after putting some life-jackets around my Sweet corn plants. My latest project of constructing a roof over my manure "bin" to harvest rainwater is on hold at the moment. I have decided to use the wooden pallets, which I scrounged, to build a " Noas Ark", along the top of my drainage ditch bank, and load it up with 2 species of each vegetable I like, just in case the rain keeps coming.
Gotta be prepared for tomorrow.
P.S. It rained from 2 p.m. yesterday until 10-30 a.m. today. The sun has just appeared for a change, but no change to this areas drought restrictions at the moment?