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...but, unfortunately, not enough of it. Number one water butt is back to half-full but I now have a healthy crop of weed seedlings to deal with. The combination of warm weather and recent rain has pushed everything forward, including chickweed, dandelions, buttercups and groundsel!


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Comment by Sarah Rideout on April 25, 2011 at 17:10

No rain in here but weeds thriving anyway! Filling up spaces between onions and garlic with lettuce sowings, and mulching potatoes, broad beans with straw which all helps to reduce amount of weeding needed. Also we water well when plants go in and after that just near plant roots, good soak once a week, leaving rest of soil like a parched desert for the slugs to struggle across.

Have you tried anything like barley in your water butts over winter to keep the water fresher? Ours got a bit murky this year. 

Comment by Colin Robinson on April 25, 2011 at 21:23
Mine were frozen solid over winter and took weeks to thaw out. By that time I was just about ready to start using the water on containers anyway. It doesn't usually stay in the butts long enough to get murky!
Comment by Sarah Rideout on April 29, 2011 at 20:59
thunder rumbling here in East Sussex but the rain drops are few and far between...sounds like its going to pass by with nothing more than a few spots - bother!

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