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Carl's Allotment Blog
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Wierd weather and thinning out
Topic: Weather

Well it's official, the warmest and driest April on record. Whilst it's great to be able to work on the plot in a t-shirt, it's easy to forget that this time last year we were all moaning about being a month or so behind with the weather. So it's all topsy turvey again, and the last few nights have been quite a reminder that frost is still close at hand, my hands were 'blue' after watering on our windy site. And watering we need to do lets be honest, the plants are parched, and right at a time when those developing roots want a really good soak. The wind has not only been cold, but really quite strong, the broad beans bending over almost in two. The salad poly tunnel flew off across neighbouring plots, and the hose spray constantly blew back in my face as the dreadful water pressure on the website couldn't even push it's way through the windy onslaught. And still the sun shines. Wierd weather indeed. The wind was giving the freshly emerged carrot and parsnip seedlings a hard time too, but it may have helped disipate the smell of carrot thinning, so those pesky carrot flies might not get a hold this year. Throwing out all those healthy little parsnip seedlings seems very wrong, but of course it's the only way to get any kind of decent size crop, and a rough count still gives us 150 - 200 parsnips at the end of the day!


Posted by Carl at 13:26 BST
Updated: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 14:28 BST
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