Thursday March 30th
Slow start to the day, though picked up later with a seemingly daft game of musical water storage. Carted the small blueberry and the cherry tree up to the lottie and planted the cherry - had to shift the upturned holey metal water tank to do so, and found it had an inner base that was some 3" higher than the outer, so it was heavy to tip back into position. Had to walk it round to the front of the shed, to take up the position vacated by the plastic water tank. Now have a decent seat rather than the sloping one it had been. The plastic tank is now where the annoying bush was on Plot 1. Anyway, after this little game, then had to move the black water butt yet again, first emptying it via bucket into the Plot 1 tank, then moving it down to where the metal tank had been! Reason? I needed a door stop to prevent the shed door swinging back in the wind and hitting the cherry. Have a slightly mashed terminal bud as it is
So it was no longer connected to the shed guttering and the other butt. Argh! Transferred the water from the connected butt sideways, leaving the green butt with enough space for another couple of days of rain. I now need to hoof up the third butt from the house, and connect all three together. Preferably while there's still enough rain about to fill them all! Went back to the house for another blueberry bush, and managed somehow to get two into the car at once. Up to the plots, then buried all three blueberry pots about a third-way down into the ground. They should cope ok, though the older pair of them definitely need top-dressing! Wish I could remember what varieties they were - the young one's a Bluejay, and I know the others, bought from Bridgemere nearly 15 years ago, are different, so no problems with pollination. I think one's Bluecrop (which they still sell). And both probably need retiring given their age! Short of going back home for the plum (which I can't get in the car - too tall!) I was a bit stuck: trimmed the eating apple as much as I could reach and decided to push off. At home, got the seed tin out and sowed two large pots of basil and a 24-module of plum tomatoes (San Marzano x16 and cream sausage x 8). The toms are in the heated propagator. And it's raining again.
Tomorrow's aims: the water butt out of the back garden, the plum (I hope) and the potatoes. I'll be happy if I manage 2/3.