Using greenhouses and polytunnels seems to be all about keeping the weather out – and then letting it back in (or at least the rain). Getting water to thirsty seedlings, not to mention burgeoning tomato plants, can take up a lot of time and energy. So this year it is going to be different
A combination of capillary matting, seepage hose and rainwater harvesting will make it all work with minimum effort… maybe
At an altitude of nearly a thousand feet, on the western side of this island, we are bemused by the number of days where the air is totally calm. But when it blows, it blows.
Yesterday the starlings were swirled and whirled
as the north wind did blow
An old blackthorn, part of an ancient hedgeline
was flexing its roots in the soil
We had to help before it dropped where it willed
We have been teased with the promise of snow.
There on the hills
A few grains sprinkled on the ground
But as the sun slipped away tonight
to give way to a magnificent moon
there is no sign of that real old-time snow.
Meanwhile on DEFRA instructions, the ducks haave moved into the netted vegetable beds.
They don’t seem to mind