Normally at this time of year, I’m grateful that there’s a tap right at the end of the plot - the city council forbids the use of hosepipes so as to conserve water. Other years, I’ve spent hours lugging watering cans back and forth to nurture my growing crops. This year, I have the opposite problem and the Met Office has just confirmed that this has been the wettest April-June period since records began. My plot drains quite well, but a couple of my neighbours have discovered why the farm that used to be on this land back in the day was called Seven Springs.
My plot hadn’t been cultivated for well over 20 years when I took it on and the patch round the tap had been used as a bit of a dumping ground so we gave up on trying to dig it and instead, covered it over for a year then planted it up with herbs and flowers. It’s now productive and pretty and the bees love it.