Water is always a hot topic on the site. Too much rain, two weeks last May, or too little, the remaining fifty weeks of the year, with heavy clay soil either results in flooded plots or beds as hard as a brick.
We are lucky enough to be able to supplement this and the many and various water butts with a metered supply of mains water available from the last hard frost to the first which feeds through a 12mm pipe into ten dip tanks. The system is painstakingly coaxed into life and maintained by plot holder Andy and Bob, one of our site wardens. Inevitably though after years of heavy use from the fifty or so plots on site it has started to show signs of wear and tear with some of the narrow pipes, which run underground, distorting.
Today, however, we are all change and are, during what must be the wettest week of the year, having a new system installed. So this morning I am trundling off to take photographs and will report back later in the day.