The Unhappy Gardener

Waterlogged soil….

I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting, and I’m still waiting for a dry weekend to work on 4A and 5A. Unfortunately, the dreadful weather is showing no sign of stopping, so today, in desperation, I pulled on my wellies, donned my waterproofs and…. got totally soaked after spending and hour pottering on the plots.

wlogged
Waterlogged 4a

My ground is literally drowning :-/

What can can I do?  I’ve ‘googled’ the effects of waterlogging… ‘Water fills all the air spaces between the soil particles and this prevents oxygen from reaching the roots. In turn, this causes the soil to stagnate and prevents root growth’.

Mmmmm, it certainly isn’t stopping the weeds from growing on plot 4A!   I need to draw up a plan of action…let’s face it, there’s nothing else I can do in such poor weather!

Today, on 4A, I tried to dig a hole but it filled up with water within minutes – I need to try to improve my soil structure! I’m planning to add lots of organic matter, such as garden compost, chipped bark or shredded clippings and manure. I’m told that I don’t necessarily need to dig it in, just add to the surface and let the worms do the rest. This should improve the soil drainage and also improve water retention in summer. The worms will have plenty to eat over winter too!

However, there’s not much I can do in this awful weather – indeed the less I do, at the moment, the better. Simply walking on the soil is going to make matters worse, so it’s best if I keep off. In fact, I have to resist the temptation to do anything until the water has drained away…‘If you dig a hole and it fills up with water, leave well alone!’

5a wlogged
5A – Coping a little better with the constant rain!

11 thoughts on “The Unhappy Gardener”

  1. Don#t be disheartened 🙂 This is your first year isn’t it? And this is all part of the process of getting to know a plot, learning it’s good and not-so-good points and how to work with them. The apple tree idea sounds good … so now you can snuggle up at home, out of the rain, with big mug of something warm (or even a glass of something cold 😉 ) and and use this time to make your plan of action … what about other fruit trees as well? Pear, cherry etc? Also fruit bushes … anything that will soak up all that lovely rain, reduce your workload and give a good return with harvests that benefit from a good winter soaking 🙂

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    1. Awww thank you for your kind words and encouragement 😆 Yes 10 months with 5A but plot 4A is a more recent acquisition! 4A spent most of the last 2 years overgrown with weeds and raspberries!! I have some Honeyberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries that need transplanting…4A it is then!! 😆

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