Twisting and rocking

We’ve just had another battering of wind this weekend – and Saturday night I ended up outside after midnight, hunting round for the compost bin lid.

I also noticed that the net tunnel over one stretch of broad beans had twisted but decided not to tackle that until it was light again.

No wonder the beans have been struggling. Not only have they been getting a severe battering but then they’ve been exposed and an open gambit for the pigeons.

I’m not so bothered about the beans, however. The latest apple tree, which I planted last November, has been rocking badly. I tried to stabilise it with bricks round the stem but they don’t seem to be having the desired effect.

At this rate, the roots are going to suffer. So, I will have to get thinking about a strategy to improve the situation.

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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13 Responses to Twisting and rocking

  1. Is your tree staked down? We have to stake ours down for the first 3years here…mostly because of the wicked winds.

  2. Sharon says:

    Could you try bashing in another stake at 90 degrees to the first stake and tying them together? Lots of municipal trees are staked in this manner.

  3. The wind is so powerful at the moment. We had a garden door banging all night and I was too sleepy to investigate. Not a good decision

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I agree with your other correspondents – a stake at an angle works best.

  5. Wind can be so destructive .. I know all about it with my veg garden perched on a hill

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