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Hmmm it's a little bit WET!
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:28 AM
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Default Hmmm it's a little bit WET!

Hi All,

Not sure if you have heard but the UK has been having some storms and a lot of wet stuff. Large parts of the Midlands are flooded, Sheffield, Leeds and S****horpe all have flooded areas, we on the East Coast have had not only torrential rain but high winds as well. The city of Hull is flooded and I believe Grimsby has been hit hard too. Luckily on the fens here where I live despite it actually being below sea level has not been hit so hard no doubt due the the drains, dykes, ditches and pumping stations. Those Dutch enginners who drained this land 300 or so years ago really did a fine job .

Hopefully the flooding in our back garden will not last too long as if it does all our vegtable crops will be spoiled. We grow a lot of it in a "Poly-Tunnel" which is a tubular metal hooped frame covered in special UV resitant Polythene sheeting. At present there is about 8" of water in the tunnel and the surrounding veggie plot, the potatoes are submerged as are the Beetroot, Carrots, Broad beans, Peas, Tomatos, Cu***ber and Butternut squash plants. The water would have to rise another foot or so to threaten the actual house. Once I get some phots downloaded from the camera then uploaded I will post them.

In fact it's been such a wet year that our field has not dried out from the winter in one spot it forms a pond and this has not fully dried out this year at all. The farmer who used to rent it did manage to disc the field earlier in the spring however as we want to plant trees and grass it really needed to be broken up a bit more and he was going to power harrow it for us but then the rains started and it has been too wet to get machinery on the field. In fact he couldn't get most of the Callibraise crop off due to the wet as the tractors got bogged down.

We are thinking that perhaps it would be a good idead to dig a pond on that wet patch seeing as how it always floods there and if we can get a machine with a back hoe or a mini digger in we will dig soem ditches across the field to drain into the main ditches either side to hopefully drain the field some.

Anyway the ducks seem to like the wet patch as did the Curlews last winter so perhaps all is not lost.
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