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Friday, 15 February 2013

Watery Grave!

This is how our greenhouse looked when we got back from holiday on Monday (remember, this used to be a swimming pool) :-

This is looking towards the door of the actual greenhouse.  The water is about 60cm deep.  We had a lot of rain before we left, but apparently it rained every day until we returned.

The water is just skimming the second step :-

The photo below is the view in the actual greenhouse part.  The plants just right of centre are a lemon tree and a lemon tree with an orange grafted onto it, which we've only had for a few months.

What a mess!  A lot of things are floating, the water is filthy, and algae is growing on top of the water.

The problem at the moment is that we can't get in there to rescue the plants which are still alive as the water is just too deep.  Luckily, we have a friend who is a fisherman and he's promised to lend us some waders so we can get in there and clear the mess (thanks Brian) . Fortunately, the waders will fit one of us . . . me, to be exact!  So I'm the one who's going to be wading through that filth!  Hopefully I'll manage to drag the plants out (the lemon trees are pretty heavy, so I'll just have to try and pull them out of their pots and we'll repot them once they're out).

One little ray of hope, the coriander (my favourite) in the miniature herb greenhouse is thriving :-

although the salad leaves either side don't look too promising.

The main problem here is that the old swimming pool had a crack from one side to the other, and the water table is so high at the moment that it's just seeping through the crack.  The weather forecast is now improving, and we should get a bit of dry weather during the next week, so we're just keeping our fingers crossed that the water subsides.

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