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Got any 'ose?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 18:40

me to GG turned cold here for a few days but not freezing so i think thats an improvement, funny how it goes, still got a warm glow on the back of my neck from saturday.

Think its time to shave again back of my head is starting to look like one of those baboons again...


Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 16:14

not seen anything affordable for sale, did find this

There  seems to be a few technical challenges one being the ash problem. Seems you would be making a central heating system for your greenhouse. I think the costs of the system are going to blow away the economys of using waste oil. On a commercial scale it could get interesting but not for one man and his small greenhouse.


What has happened???

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:34

Hi lyn no I don't think of you as nasty or unfriendly , you are still here.

I'll be honest I don't think much to geoff and his tantrums in his attempts to rule here. 

This is awkward, Lyn  didn't you say at 10:25 this morning

Lyn wrote (see)

I feel a bit left out here! no one has sent me any PM's except dear Sam, and she is lovely. 

Oh and others re: seed swaps.

So how did you join the other forum as it's invite only?

Anyway I really don't care for the underhandedness and bullying that has gone on and as you can tell i don't give a monkeys what people think to me. I do care thou that people are getting upset , and bullied, and i won't stand idle for that. There are great people here and i'd hate to see them feeling excluded and unwanted.

Anyway i've answered your question on how to get the nasa data for your area on another thread. I don't feel any emnity to you personally at all.


Location, Location, Location.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:02

thats not my email address its part of the call to the nasa api.

I am not that daft. thanks for pointing it out thou, it is nice of you.

Lyn you need to find the approximate location of where you are. For me that meant doing a google search for buttevant latitude and longitude. You might even find it in the address bar in google maps. The latitude will be 50 something and go in as is the longitude might need a little tweak i'm at 8. something west in ireland so i need to enter -8. something for my longitude if you are east of the Greenwich mean line. say in Lincolnshire then it might be 5 degrees something. Anyway there is a vast raft of data available for your area.

52.2330° N, 8.6670° W is what google returns for buttevant so its lattitude 52.2330 and longitude -8.6670.  (thats about 5 miles from me but close enough)   hope you find it useful


Greenhouse base...securing to sleepers?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:40

Yes you could, but i'd recommend pressure treated timber rather than creosote treated sleepers. These are carcinogenic  and can weep in the heat. As long as you have enough weight in the base then you can do a lot of things.  The critical thing is for the greenhouse to be secure in the wind and well located. 

A concrete or slab base on hardcore is more usual. I get the point of it being possible there could be some movement in the sleepers but wouldnt that be true in a wood framed greenhouse too?


What has happened???

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:30

Hope this means we can now get on happily without the unpleasantness. 

Tina Turner please don't get upset by this breakaway group they are leaving and hopefully now will leave us in peace. The best friendliest members will still be here

What has happened???

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 11:30

I really hope nobody decides to leave this forum due to this silly PM thing going on.

It's upsetting that some people are letting their ugly side show. Thats .. disappointing, you would hope grown ups could play nice. I can guess who the 'leader' is, what an ... :P 

Anyway being members of more than one forum isn't unusual, nobody has to make a choice to be on this forum or on that forum

It is sad it is straining friendships. I guess being a bit thick skinned helps, but i'm sure i am not the only person unwilling to bend to another persons will, we are fundamentally equal.

The only way you can be pressurised or bullied is if you let yourself be. A friend isn't a friend if they are pressurising you to do something you do not want to do.

I hope people are happy with their new forum, just have the curtesy to be respectful and considerate of peoples feelings. This forum will be better and stronger for losing these bullies.

So far as I can tell all the nice people are staying put, so no worries    

Hope this is a mostly a fair and balanced post.

happy gardening (if the weather improves).


Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 10:29

It's not so bad really the whole of europe can recieve bbc 1,2,3,4 ceebies parliment news itv 1,2,3,4 ch4, more4, e4, film4, ch5 5* 5 usa and the +1's and cbs action reality, drama and horror. Cant get rte or any other irish channels except through digital Tv since they are encrypted! I have a hd box from lidl with a usb hard drive.  So i get to time shift and if i wanted too i could write programs out to a dvd.

Only negatives are the tv guide is just now and next so recording is a bit awkward. As you need to know when to record. The iPlayer situation is kind of silly but it's mostly down to copyright and broadcast right issues. bit of a joke with the satellite 'leakage'Even funnier the irish papers list british channels as well as the native ones

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 08:51

Thanks little-ann, I got confused by the snowdrop piece, glad I was wrong. Anyway here is a couple of links and times to try and make up for my  misinformation.

runs from the 4th of april 7:30pm thursdays BBC2 Scotland and Sundays BBC2 at 9:30 am.

The program clippings page looks useful

Most of these are from last year so should be good for planning this year and they are open to viewers outside the UK! (I cant access iPlayer due to being in Ireland).

Let's find out who gave me the Lurgy

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 07:34

I once asked a GP what he did to avoid getting ill, he said washing his hands was key. 

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