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Saturday, 19 January 2008

The waters continue to rise!

The rain has been amazing here - I think this is the highest we've seen our little "stream"... luckily I can say that since this was taken the water has started to go down and we've not had anymore substantial rain here so since, so watch this space!

The plants are definitely benefiting from a good soaking now. It's reminded me of the benefits of keeping your areas of planting well mulched - this can help prevent unnecessary evaporation of water from the soil during warmer weather, helps keep weeds at bay and helps the soil to retain many of it's natural minerals which would otherwise be washed away in this kind of weather. This way plants really experience the longer term benefits of heavy rains at this time of the year, thus helping them to survive any warm dry summers too.

Adding extra compost as well as mulching the can be particularly beneficial to soils with a high clay content - this really helps with overall drainage and also means that the soil becomes more workable earlier in the season too.

Just so you can see how much the stream has risen - this is a photo of it last summer!


Chris said...

My goodness, your two photos do show a difference in the water levels! Our plants are showing themselves too though :-) Spring is on the way!

Miranda Bell said...

Hi Chris - you're right there is a difference!! Looking forward to seeing some more colour in the garden soon... am off to Bristol for a week tomorrow - so will catch up on my return! Miranda