Living in Essex, I learnt a lot about watering. It’s one of the the driest places in England, and being predominantly clay soil, I needed to be on top of my watering game.
A few years ago I wrote 7 Tips for Effective Watering on the Allotment, but thanks to my Essex upbringing I learnt a lot more too. So here are 8 more tips to help with your watering that I’ve picked up since.
It’s weird not growing veg*.
I’ve struggled to get my beds built as quickly as I thought. When we moved to Somerset in December, I was confident that rescuing the back of the garden from abyss and turning the space into a vegetable patch would be a doddle. I’d done it once, I could easily do it again.
However, things are trickier this time around and I have definitely underestimated the task. Back in Burnham on my original Patch from Scratch, the biggest problems were mainly hawthorn which were relatively easy to pull out once cut back. The back of the garden was scruffy and unruly rather than the jungle we inherited here!
Before I start, I should probably declare that I really like broad beans. They’re a very tasty vegetable which I enjoy growing. This isn’t an anti broadie post. There, that’s my disclaimer.
However, I have developed a broad bean prejudice that needs tackling. The problem with broad beans is that they’re so difficult to justify in limited space, but so tempting to sow at the same time. Being a plant that you can grow over winter as well as one of the first things to sow in a new year, they have a certain amount of excitement associated with them. Together we lap up the Spring conditions, and they grow into lovely, healthy plants.
But then this happens: