The parts the dew don’t reach

Having commented last night that the garden looked remarkable green, in spite of the lack of rainfall, tonight I’ve noticed that one particular plant is starting to suffer. Just look at the leaves on this currant bush (not sure if it is a black or red currant bush).

In contrast, the other currant bushes seem in much better fettle.

My supposition is that the bush which is showing stress has not had the benefit of a hugel bed, whereas the other two were planted on one. That said, the two on the hugel bed will be more established, having been in situ about two years longer, so it could simply be that they have a more extensive root system.

It would certainly be good news if hugelculture is indeed as useful for countering dry conditions as I have been led to believe. This would make my efforts more worthwhile. Investigating these matters is, however, difficult to do in view of the number of variables.

Anyway, before it gets too dark, I am now off to move part of the garden path to make way for what will probably be the final hugel bed I build. I’ve got wood to use and it would a shame not to give more of the soil a chance at being improved.


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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10 Responses to The parts the dew don’t reach

  1. atkokosplace says:

    I’m finding this year I have to water a lot more than I did the previous. In only a day of not watering, everything wilts. It’s been really humid and yet everything wilts. I’ve mulched a lot and doesn’t seem to help. My garden is being taken over by the squirrels and rabbits. Contemplating seriously a green house! Good luck on your last hugel bed. Hopefully it will hold water as you hope. 🙂

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Thank you for your lovely post Helen think i got a summer cold keep sneezing never had hay problems before blessings to you and the family

  3. We are constantly watering everything – yesterday’s possible rain did not come

  4. jeffpermie says:

    I had a nice 30 – 45 mins decently heavy rain yesterday which was a surprise, it may just have been enough to soak into the top 5 or so cm of soil, then this morning I realised the water butt connector needs a new pipe, the older one is totally bust! 😦

    • Helen says:

      Oh, what a shame about the problem with your water butt! At least, your soil got some water.

      I keep looking at our black clouds and hoping they will burst…

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