Bit of a gap in blog activity. This is because 1. I forgot the password to the admin page. Not quite as stupid as it sounds. I reformatted the computer and all the saved passwords disappeared. Obviously, a less stupid person would have written them down first. And 2. I’ve been spending most evenings giving myself the gardening equivalent of tennis elbow watering the allotment.
At the risk of being done for heresy, I wish it would bloody rain. Even the thunderstorms that were forecast for the middle of the week have disappeared from my weather app.
Sun is good. But if I wanted to live in equatorial conditions, I’d live on the frigging Equator. Unhusband is already complaining that if it’s this hot in the UK we may as well move to Italy. Yeah, right.
Enough moaning. Here are a few tips to make watering that little bit easier, or at least more efficient.
1. TIME IT. Best times to water are early morning or late evening, as there’s less evaporation. Morning is best of all as plants do their growing during the day.
2. PRIORITISE. Some plants are more thirsty than others, so if you haven’t got time to water everything, do the ones that need it most like peas, beans, courgettes, salad crops and brassicas. Root crops like carrots, parsnips, beetroot etc should be able to survive a bit longer.
3. MULCH. This is just a posh word for dumping stuff around the base of plants. Spreading grass clippings or straw on the soil after it’s watered, will help conserve moisture.
4. GET IN THE SHADE. When it’s scorching, move pots to shadier areas to prevent them drying out so quickly. Obviously, it’s not possible to shift stuff that’s been planted in the ground, but you could use shade netting. Another option is to grow low level crops under taller crops. I’ve got lettuce growing underneath purple sprouting broccoli and they’re the only ones that haven’t bolted.
5. PRAY for rain, or bribe someone else to do the watering for you. I haven’t yet mastered either of those options.
Can’t complain too much, at least the veg is growing. Anyone know what to do for tennis elbow? Mine’s killing.