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Splitting

No not that type of splitting or that type either. The north south divide was a phrase created several years ago to identify the different living standards of people living in the north and south of this country. With the recent localized weather conditions again, I think that now, it should also apply to the varying weather conditions "splitting" the country in half, somewhere around the Humber estuary, (see my post of). In my neck of the woods only 2 days in December were without any rain and about 4 and a half days so far this month without any. The temperatures are extremely mild for January and warm enough for me to wear a short sleeved shirt last Friday evening. I live only a few miles from the Somerset levels and approximately 25 square miles of land on and around the levels is still flooded. I thought it might make it to 30 before the national news reporters found out how to get there. With frost, blizzards and snow in the north of the country and a mini tornado in …

Growing Asparagus (How To)

Having decided a while ago to try growing Asparagus for the first time and due to the recent rainy weather I began to scour the internet trying to find the best price for some Asparagus crowns. As the seeds can take some time to germinate I thought crowns would be a quicker option. I finally found a good price at www.crocus.co.uk where I purchased 30 crowns @ £2.49p for 3 crowns (Connovers colossal). The crowns duly arrived at the end of last week, they were well packaged and several packets contained an extra crown.

Preparation of the ground and planting are the keys to successful Asparagus growing. I spent most of Saturday digging over the area to be used removing weeds and stones as I went. Asparagus usually fare better in sandy well drained soil, in a sunny sheltered area and do not like waterlogged ground. I chose the best draining area of ground, on N1 Plot, for their bed. The soil was already fed with well rotted compost. On completion of the digging the soil was raked level a…

Weather Or Not

With dry weather during yesterday morning I ventured down to my plots mainly to see how wet the ground was and try to estimate when I would be able to complete the final preparation of it, before sowing and planting starts in earnest for this season. With the lower parts of N2 Plot still under several inches of water and all the grass areas and paths saturated, there was not much point in any digging, raking or early sowing taking place. Most of the beds on both plots, higher up the sloping ground were damp but workable if walking boards were used to stand on. I set about removing the few remaining Sprout plants from 1 of the top 2 beds on N1 Plot and turned over the soil, mixing it with the well rotted compost, on its surface, as I went across the bed. The soil was slightly sticky but broke down well, despite the recent deluges of rain, as the digging progressed. This bed will be used for roots this season. After about an hour, more rain clouds were gathering so I checked around the…

Rooko's January Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. Due to the recent nationwide wet weather, now is a good time for doing some of those gardening tasks that can be done undercover such as cleaning, repairing and sharpening gardening tools or purchasing new ones to replace those that are worn out. Well sharpened tools are easier to use than those that are not.

2. Don't leave it too late to order plant seeds or they may arrive too late to meet their sowing dates.

3. Now is a good time to check any stored vegetables for diseases, rot, mould or insect damage.

4. Digging of heavy soils should be completed this month. No dig beds will just need clearing of debris and weeds. If your soil is very acidic, the addition of lime, after digging, will help plants avail themselves of many nutrients. Do not lime directly after manure has been added to the ground.

5. Continue to clear away fallen leaves, other decaying vegetation, pots and items of debris lying around your garden or plot. Doing this will cut down on the amount of hiding places…

Waffle-ing

I heard on the National news earlier this morning that the extra pumps brought in again this year, to pump out the Somerset levels were doing just that. Funny that an earlier local report stated that the surrounding river levels were the same height as the water on the levels, therefor pumping water from the levels into these rivers would only result in the same water running back onto the levels. Earlier this morning all major roads into Yeovil were flooded and several minor roads around Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington have been flooded or partially flooded since Christmas week. Heavy rain has just started here again (11-30 a.m.) after some respite yesterday.

The following is a summary of current flood risks from the Environmental Agency at 1030 5/Jan/2014

River levels in some larger and slower responding rivers in the south of England continue to rise in response to rainfall over recent days. As a result there is a medium likelihood of significant impacts from river flooding …