16th May 2018
May regularly seems to be a dry month year on year. It's the time when many seedlings are put out and seeds that have been sown need watering. So each year, it seems I turnthe mains wateron.
I have had some stored, but both drinking water and other less potable are in short. As it rained a little today it made sense to artificially water so there is enough to really soak in, and not just pamper the soil surface, the problem being that roots will only grow towards water and surface roots are vulnerable, not least to drying soil.
As I'm using a lot (1m3 plus) it also makes sense to use up the last water collected from the track, the potable water is collected in a wheel barrow. The buts that collect the rain from the track, over the year, also collect gravel and fine soil as well as organic debris, and at this time of the year is a host to thousands of mosquito larva. So clearing this smelly organic soup is best done when there copious other water to wash and clean up.
Here are a couple of images of 1. A compost heap and 2. The heap covered in the sludge from the bottom of the tubs.
To document both occult and know trespassing cases.
- 31 Dec 2018 see Page 4
- 12 Dec 2018 https://calstock.org.uk/elf.php/2018/12/28/anomalies
- 24th July 2018 Whilst weeding out Himalayan balsam in Area 2[D0:E1] I heard a lot of noise and went to investigate. The source of the young voices I didn't discover but came across someone in a small boat, moored in the breach, who said they had come from Gunnislake. I asked them to move but as they asked did they have to, I queried their reasoning and decided to let them stay the night.
- 2nd June 2018 Accosted a couple who had walked the bund north, through the JKweed patch to the breach. They then cross the drain and adjacent field, stopping at the barbed wire fencing as they didn't carry their dog over fences.
I have yet to query why they chose this route as they were clearly not concerned about trespassing, just being accosted, or it their eyes infringing upon actual people
Well I'm pretty sure I saw a rabbit yesterday crossing the track from the compost field to the Townsend's field, so much to look forward to there maybe.
On the rodent scene I have problem with peas and beans being eaten. Initially it was before they came through the soil, then it include when they were a centimetre or two tall, now some at 10cm.