I was warned before we moved to Whiteshill that it would be windy. Today I think it’s windy around most of the UK, but it is something I notice here much of the time.
My plateau at the top of our field for the veg plot is open to the full force of the south westerly winds. The wind blows up the Bristol Channel, funnels up the River Severn valley and bangs into the Cotswolds’ edge here on our hill. It feels like I am gardening on the top deck of a cross channel ferry in a high sea. I think of Winnie the Pooh’s ‘Blustery Day’ when Piglet’s ears streamed out horizontally behind him and owl’s house fell down.
I have had to water my purple sprouting broccoli today to stop it wilting; I have never needed to do that before – the combination of dry, thin sandy soil and fearsome wind is causing the problem.
I have home-made pennants (flags) which fly in the veg plot on tall bamboo canes, positioned strategically over the brassicas. I find they discourage the pigeons and the deer. Usefully I can see them from the kitchen sink and know whether the wind is blowing, how strongly and in which direction (and thereby I decide if I will venture out!).
The Pennant Flags
People say I should be planting a wind break here. But in the contest ‘windbreak v. the view’, the view always wins!
The View looking towards Bristol down the Severn Valley