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Dealing with drought
Allotments suffer from diminishing water supply
by MT Wells

DROUGHT conditions, the worst in the Channel island in 34 years which has affected this years yield this year's Jersey Royal potato crop also put the hard work of the allotmenteers at some risk as they have struggled to keep their crops watered during April, May and the early part of June.

The resulting drop in the water table meant that the well, which provides water for the site at Les Creux, was unable to retail a useful reservoir. However, being ever-resourceful, members of the Association have worked around the problem by filling water butts and other containers to compensate.

JALGA Chairman, Jeff Hathaway said: "No one could have predicted that we would go the best part of 2 months without rain - it's quite unusual in the spring. The Association have however managed to acquire and install a 10000 litre water storage tank which should carry the allotmenteers through dry spells in the future. We are hugely indebted to Condor Ferries for helping us transport it to the island and to the site - free of charge."

With their first crop of Royals out of the ground, broad beans harvested, and the first flush of strawberries picked - and eaten, the allotmenteers attention is now switching to a wide range of summer crops like courgettes, runner beans, french beans, tomatoes and other salad items with raspberries and blueberries also proving popular.

"As can be seen from the above photo, despite the trying weather conditions the allotmenteers are producing an extraordinary range of quality fruit and vegetables". Said Jeff.

The Association were also pleased to welcome Sammi, a young gardener confined to a wheelchair who has taken on one of the raised beds created especially for those with disabilities.
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