Where is the rain?
After three long and rain free months on the farm, things are getting very dry. Sadly we have lost a few of the younger trees that we planted in April 2018, as all available water has been used or dried up from the ground. We lost around a third of our 30,000 new crops planted this year because of the drought. It’s devastating to us as the process of a tree going from seed to sale is a long one. Before we get to plant the trees a nursery in Kent grow them for four years until they get to around 8 inches tall. We then plant them and it take son average about 8 years before they are ready to be sold. That’s a twelve year turn around. They are sucking as much water out of the ground as they can at the moment. In the fierceness of the heat, the new tender bean shoot growths are just getting burnt off by the sun. It is just getting burnt as it grows basically. At the same time the larger trees now have their roots out and can get moisture deeper in the ground. For example a 6ft tree has 6ft wide or deep roots and still getting enough moisture to survive for now!!