Wet May Bank Holiday

Sat, May 1, 2010

Climate Change, Soil and Composts

What a difference a week makes for our UK weather. Last Saturday we had the hottest weekend this year at 22c and now we are down to 12c with  rain and cloud predicted http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/7658856/Bank-holiday-weekend-wet-weather-and-travel-chaos-on-their-way.html

In fact the soil could do with a real soaking as it is very dry after the third sunniest April in 100 years. Whatever the weather, I am determined to get digging my piece of allotment to prepare the ground for planting out some of the veg  plants that I sowed from seed in my conservatory at the beginning of April.The courgettes and tomatoes have come on really well in the April sunshine but will not be planted out till all risk of frost has gone – I hear this Monday night is going to be very cold.

Will need to dig in some rich manure from the local farm supplier. Using locally produced garden soil and peat free compost is an excellent way to cut your carbon footprint.An estimated half a million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year is emitted as a result of peat extraction from sites in the UK for use in horticulture. Plus more than 50 per cent of the peat we use in this country is imported, mostly from Ireland and the Baltic.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7398949/Amateur-gardeners-urged-to-use-peat-free-compost-to-cut-carbon-footprint.html

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