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Carl's Allotment Blog
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
The wettest summer since 1912

So as we guessed, it's been the wettest summer since 1912. I was only menioning to a neighbouring plot holder yesterday that we haven't watered once this year.. not once! But that's only one positive, especially with the hosepipe ban. Potatoes are trayed up, but one night in as friend's garage and they were attacked by mice with varacious appetites, which was a bit sad, but it was a goodish crop, Cara outshining the other varieties (Desiree, Nadine, Romano and Charlotte) both in terms of yield. Runner beans came in bucket loads, lasted for a few weeks then went tough much quicker than usual. Our tomatoes got blight again, so will experiment with a polytunnel next year. And despite well covered insect netting against the old Cabbage Whites, caterpillars have appeared (time for squashology!)

A couple of nearby plots have been left to go to rack and ruin, and we've suffered the consequence, with dreadful slug and snail problems this year, not to mention the breeze thick with weed seed which has meant a doubling of efforts in the weeding department.

I suppose no matter how long you've been growing, there's always something new to encounter, every year is different, and well.. you can't win them all. So for next year, a bit of refocus on what,when and how is probably what is called for.

Posted by Carl at 11:33 BST
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2012 11:34 BST
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