Work on the allotment now is all about getting ready for next years growing season. In preparation for next summer’s watering requirements, I have now got my Irrigation Kit sorted out. It must be about 100metres from the tap up to the top of my plot, so a huge length of hose is needed. John on the next door plot suggested we share hoses – he has one that will reach up to the lower end of my plot, so I bought a 30m length to get to the top. I was then chatting to Hettie who lives over the road from me and she said if only I’d mentioned it before, as she has a surplus of hoses and could let me have some! I said I was sure they’d come in handy anyway, so now I am really well equipped! Hoses galore! I found a bag of hose pipe connectors in the garage, so I can join the pieces together. There is an old cast iron bath on the plot that will do as a reservoir, for dunking watering cans when only a little water is needed but it will need filling up by hose now and then – may be filled up by rain by the spring. It has a plank in it so any small animals that fall in have an escape route. Not sure how they could fall in, but a squirrel could fall in out of a tree. Or maybe a mountaineering mouse will abseil up for a drink…all accidental swimmers are safe anyway!