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When the going gets hot!

June 27th, 2007 by Karsten

It usually happens at least once every year. Summer comes around - it hots up - and plants in gardens and on allotment plots across the country starts lacking water.

At the same time - in a lot of areas in the UK - water becomes a sparse commodity, and its use is restricted by so called hosepipe bans.

There’s not much we can do about that. After all - come rain or shine - there’s nothing we can do to control the weather! What we can do is prepare for what it may bring, and use the ressources at our disposal as wisely as possible.

So what can you, as an allotmenteer, do to prepare for droughts? There’s a number of things:

  • Make sure you dig in ample amounts of organic material during autumn/winter to ensure that your soil structure improves. This will help to keep a good level of moisture in the ground during dry spells, and make the watering you do last longer.
  • Get as many water butts as you can on your plot - and make sure you collect water from the roof of your shed(s) and greenhouse(s)
  • Plan ahead - and select plants that will tolerate dry spells. Many allotmenteers are now trying their luck with produce usually grown in the mediterranian region - with succes.
  • Take steps to guide your water to where it matters - the roots of you plants! More on this later….

I’m hoping you can see you’re not fighting a loosing battle - as we’ll be looking at more details regarding watering over the next few days.

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