Root vegetable irrigation trial update 14th May 2010
On 14th May the root vegetable plants had grown enough to be seen and so had the weeds. The fleece was removed and plots weeded, pulling weeds by hand within the seedling rows but hoeing them off (with the edge of a trowel) between the rows.
Germination in both plots was pretty good with relatively few "slug gaps" where slugs have grazed off the seedlings.
Since sowing in April the weather has been much cooler than normal and probably drier too. The irrigated rows have been watered on a five day rotation, in the photos the row being watered is easily visible. The irrigated plants are noticeably more advanced than the unirrigated, which can also be seen in the photos.