Rain Barrels To Collect Water And A Quick Look In The New Polytunnel.
I bought a secondhand rain barrel last week and I bought a bigger one from my favourite German (Aldi) garden centre yesterday. I just thought it would make life easier if we had water close to the polytunnel and to the productive vegetable garden. A lot of people are getting mains water meters installed in their houses. So perhaps it's time to start conservingwater? We have a well but I still don't like water being wasted. Rainwater is supposed to contain lots of nitrogen to make the plants grow.
This is the bigger version. It cost us forty Euro and came complete with fittings. I am going to make some garden teas for the veg and flowers in the water barrel. I will get an old hessian sack or pillowcase and fill it with either sea weed (I live next to the sea), nettles or some Comrey ("Knit bone") leaves and suspend it with a piece of string. Then it's dilute your tea to ten parts to one. Just so we don't kill our plants with kindness. Does anybody else make a garden tea or liquid feed?
Here's the latest pictures from the polytunnel. You can see the garlic growing in the bath. We just used some that we bought from the vegetable section in the supermarket. I am watering it twice a day at the moment.
Cabbages growing in the other bath.
Beetroot and there's peas in the pots.
Strawberry plants, Lettuces and more peas.
Banana shallots that we bought in ye olde supermarket.
Think these are leeks. We decided to grow everything in trays and pots so that we get a good crop rotation and (hopefully) less chance of plant disease building up in the soil like Clubroot ("Finger and Toe") and white onion rot.....?