Lovely to meet you all. Sorry I pretty much gave up keeping up to date with IT many operating programmes ago. We will get the mic and headphone for the next chat - if the incredible collapsing machine lasts that long. Thank you for all the fantastic tips. I like using sand as I am on heavy clay soil. Maybe copper wire on top of sharp sand will work.
The area where we are running the experiment is in full sun and had to be tilled. Consequently the soil is much drier than the soil on the plots that have not suffered such carnage. The sweetcorn on the tilled soil had to go in a 9in trench to get the moisture. Why is it always the Glyphosating men with the tilling machines that get to run lottie committees? (they thought tares was weed and do not like mulch, especially dry leaves) Anyway we have 3 IBC (3x1000litres) and 14 blue barrels (200 litres ea) which are interconnected on 3 syphon arrangements but we have 375m2 lottie and the 2 greenhouses full so we are in dire need of more of the precious liquid. We are promised additive free grass clippings which we can collect tomorrow so fingers crossed for full quota of healthy plants by midsummer.
I promised links to the slug trial run on garden organic https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/2018experiments. I am doing comfrey tea (attractor) and bracken tea (detractor) in addition to the stipulated beer traps. The RHS slug pellet trial https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/science-blogs/science/June-2017/slug-pellet-trial is interesting but I think there are still concerns about the damage it causes to the worm population. My lottie manager (starling) and badgers are very partial to worms. Starling got more than a dozen wormlets in his beak when I was weeding the strawberries Tuesday evening.
Good growing everyone.
[Edit by Naomi to make links active]