Archive for July, 2012

July 3, 2012

Watery news from the Hill

Last year we had an exceptionally dry spring; there was no water supply at Sims Hill. We were amazed at the soils’ capacity to hold moisture.

Over the winter, Jay and Kenton dug a pond at the top of the field and laid 600m of mains pipe.

Photo: The 60,000+/- litre pond full to the brim!

This year we had a damp winter (in Bristol) and an exceptionally wet spring (growers everywhere are struggling); there has been too much water at Sims Hill!

To have one a dry spring and then such a wet one in our first two years presents two challenges:

There is the immediate challenge of growing crops this year and next. The wettest April-June on history has made life very difficult and leaves us vulnerable.

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