From the cracks in the earth

We had been waiting for a decent downpour every day. But the days they came and the days they went and apart from what amounted to not more than a bit of drizzle the promised rain held off. In fact, my soil was seriously dehydrated – to the extent that it was cracking. In April!

 

parched earth 28 April 2015

 
Then finally last night and into this morning, we had rain. What joy for me and by all accounts the garden.

 

the back garden after rain 29 April 2015

 
The sun and rain have subsequently made the ground dry again but I hope enough water has sunk in to help everything along. The crack near the garlic is still there but at last the apple tree has started to blossom, so it’s not too far behind the crab apple tree.

 

first signs of apple blossom

 
I was also really pleased this morning to see that the newest seeds (clover) were starting to germinate in the front garden. In fact, I’m bowled over that this has happened so quickly. North-facing or not, that’s a good patch of ground.

And inside the house isn’t doing to badly either, with over ten cauliflower seedlings to add to the shelves by the back door and various windowsills. Let’s hope no more cracks appear outside and that it rains sufficiently for when they are ready to go out!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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5 Responses to From the cracks in the earth

  1. Yes, Helen….same here….we need a good downpour to soften the soil.

    • Helen says:

      The weather forecast suggests rain on Sunday and Monday – which is possible with it being a national holiday 😉 in the meantime, on with the watering!

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing

  3. . It was an unseasonalbly Dry March and April here as well. It is making up for it the last two days. We have rain through the weekend. Our ground was no where near as dry as in your garden. I hope that April showers bring May flowers for you. I wish for you dailey dose of sun with a side order of just enough rain.
    Honey

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