Allotment tales and art.

Monday the 29th of October 2018

Global Warming

I don’t know about you but today, here in Moseley Birmingham, we have today had our first frost. Its remarkable, almost November and our first frost. Plot 99 is looking good but I am convinced that the following are all evidence of global-man made-warming.

Its a really late autumn, the grass is still growing, I could cut it again today, the nasturtiums and sweet pea are still blooming, I am still picking broad beans, the flowers in hanging baskets are still in bloom, garden herbs are still healthy and very few trees have lost, or look as though they are about to lose their leaves and temperatures continue to be above the norm for this time of year.

Its clear that global warming has already and will continue to impact upon gardening and allotments. This year we had a very hot summer and a drought, there were no hosepipe bans but we came close, more summers like that and we will have hosepipe bans. We only use hosepipes to fill our water butts but a hosepipe ban would limit even this. In addition, our allotment is not nearby, it is a three mile cycle and in hot summers we have to water every other day, a big commitment. In addition to heatwaves we now have to contend with flash floods, inches of rain in a very short time that dislodges plants and takes away the topsoil. We had one such event last summer when the whole of the site was flooded and in some pars six feet under water, swamping some plots whose owners in recognition that this will happen again have left.

Global warming also raises issues of plants and their susceptibility to dry weather, clearly some plants can thrive with less water than others, we will need to research to establish a growing plan that matches plants with the climate.


Bringing It All Back Home

Brought home half a dozen freshly dug swede, beautiful green kale, (The Kale this year has been fantastic with very little whitefly) beetroot, cabbage and apples.