Saturday, 11 June 2011

Rain at last

At last we have had a day of rain. And we certainly needed it. I can't recall such a long, dry period as this. I remember the drought of 1976 but that feels wet compared to what we have had over the last three months. It is not heavy rain at the moment but it is consistent enough throughout the day to penetrate the ground, unlike the bit of rain we had on Tuesday. That was a short, heavy burst but the ground was too hard to allow it to penetrate much. And once the rain stopped, much of the moisture that was left on the ground was burnt off by the sun. Rain over a longer period is better. It gets into the ground and is then available for the plants to soak up. And they certainly need it.

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