How are other experimenters in the UK getting on? We are growing on a half lottie plot in central England 52.398441 -1.539872 and are experiencing a very dry May. The forecast holds a low possibility of rain on Friday followed by more dry weather. I anticipate a very wet summer to compensate but there really is no point in planting anything in that area at the moment.
I have sown 36 spinach in modules yesterday - first quarter, astronomical cancer. I plan the second half sowing at full moon. I will sow the cobra in modules on Wednesday - second quarter, astronomical Leo Cherry belle in an old packet got sown on the organic plot on the 18th in gemini for the seed heads but I really do not know what to do about sowing radish for the experiment. I was planning to sow some in virgo on the 25th and obviously most on the wane with a plan to do some on perigee and apogee.
We are clay but this plot was uncultivated for many years before we took it on in 2016. The radish is to the south and within the area covered by a 16x48ft polytunnel for over 10 years. The rest of the experimental bed is outside. There is not much we can do about that as we have not finished tackling the bindweed bryony and docks at the top of the plot yet and due to committee problems are not inclined to do so. The paths run South to North. Does anyone know how to datestamp google maps? We reckon that pic must be early 2017.
Although we are organic and crops are finding moisture on the area without committee problems we ended up tilling that left hand bed. As a result the soil is totally arid and sandy. Being clay there is moisture in the soil below the range of the tiller but a weed survey carried out by the local university in May 2016 explains why we are not inclined to excavate if anyone is interested in the impressive variety of weeds we have. I do not know how to use the information on weed types to understand the soil myself.
Please do not suggest watering as we are watering the solaniums and cucurbets on the organic plots with the water collected on that area. There was 1800litres collected on the experimenting plot but we have set that aside for the crops on the right hand side of the path -alliums, new fruit planting and compost. The Jerusalems can look after themselves.