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Posted: 21/03/2013 at 08:04

Looks like the rest of the week is forecast to be wet and after monday more frosts

maybe i should just keep my greenhouse as my garden ....

WEATHER this week

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 07:45

Good morning Brumbull a little warmer here technically but blowing a gale. Global warming is quite real but its creating worse weather for us. We get our climate from the gulf stream and the north atlantic oscillation. These seem to be changing the warmth coming up from the tropics doesn't seem to be as reliable as it was cold air is coming much further south than it used to.  We might have to get used to extremes like in Poland in winter you can be in -18 or lower. I got a frozen mustache going round an outdoor market in a Polish winter but in the summer it can be 30 degrees +.

I don't know how much of the changes in climate are down to mankind although the ozone layer has been damaged by CFC's gases now banned in aerosols and modern fridges. Oxygen is normally O2 but Ozone is a less stable O3 cfc's broke down the ozone molecules and removed part of the radiation shielding that naturally exists in the upper atmosphere.  Worst of all they seem to have been a catalyst not getting used up as they did their damage. I think we will have to adapt to the changes in the weather patterns and hope they don't get too much worse.


Posted: 21/03/2013 at 07:10

It looks like last night was frost free for me, but its blowing a gale this morning.

Hollyhock my greenhouse is 2x a dreamhouse from an american company they actually sell for $300 each but i got the pair for €140 in a stock liquidation.

They are a combination of a spring steel frame (a bit like a giant pop up laundry hamper) and fibreglass poles which form arches across the front back and middle and a centre ridge pole. The doors have and windows have an inner fly screen and there are zips on the front and rear to add sections to it. there are even little velcro flaps so you can run a hose through. I have a spray hose which i can run round so watering can be as simple as turning on a tap for 20 minutes or so. 

The weak points are wind they need tying down well i have kerbstones all round it weighting it down. and the metal brackets that make the angle between the walls and roof they can get bent and once bent they are pretty useless. They also run into problems if too much snow sits on the roof (not been a problem for me).

Anyway this morning will start with real coffee and then fleece off ... not sure what I can do gardening wise maybe a few more seed trays

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:33

Shouldn't be a problem Brian just go to settings and click on edit by the avatar. The only problem I found was that the file selector asks for *.JPG and  mine was *.jpg so i had to change the case of the pictures extension (the .jpg). It wasn't particularly quick and I had to wait a few minutes before the picture was fully transfered to this website once i could see the preview i had to crop and then save.  If you still have problems type the error message and i'm sure it can be sorted out.



Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:55

Do Asda water thier plants?  Most Supermarkets don't they just torture plants. The Compost prices seem dear  Aldi do a multipurpose 40 litre for €1.49 in ireland  typically 75 litre bags are about €8 a bag or around €6 on a multibag deal 56 litre are usually around €6 The Smaller bags cost more below that size due to VAT being added, larger bags are 0 rated.

  Not saying supermarkets are not good on price for somethings but a good garden centre will have better quality plants and can be competitive and knowledgable.


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 09:42

 The Suns not so far away here it is in Ireland this morning


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 08:28

 This is my greenhouse this morning you can just about see the frost on the roof still a bit chilly inside at 10 degrees C but the minimum temperature inside was 1 degree C last night The grass at the back is covered in frost and my car has big lumps of ice on the bonnet so as you can tell it wouldn't have been a goodnight for my seedlings had they been outside and not in the greenhouse.


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 07:59

The plastic greenhouses are not that bad, The heat they capture can be incredible last week i saw 90F on the thermometer on the back wall. 

They are not as long lived as glass or the rigid sheeting but they are effective.

The critical thing for plants is freezing and wind chill is a big part of that. I was surprised to learn from a local nursery is that they crack the vents open in thier greenhouses when they expect a frost! The why is quite interesting it is latent heat. Air contains moisture and as temperature falls its capacity falls and its forced to form liquid water. This is why we get dew on the grass in the  mornings. For water to go from gas to liquid it has to release energy, latent heat. this becomes real heat and as the water condenses the temperature drop slows. So the greenhouse stays that bit warmer than outside. By opening the vents a little wetter air can replace the drier air and release more heat into the greenhouse. It will get cold in a greenhouse but hopefully the sun will rise before it hits 0 degrees and frost starts to form. A good base setting it on concrete or stone also helps as this is also a source of heat during the night. The only other thing is make sure its well tied down. Getting blown away is the biggest problem.  


Posted: 20/03/2013 at 06:56

Good Morning GG and Tattianna and Chicky , looking at blue skys and no wind this morning but a bit chilly.  Think the crows have got thier boots on this morning as they are making a racket on my roof.  The BBC have promised me a low temp of 4 degrees through to midnight sunday but a lot of rain for the second half of the week   As with Yesterday first job will be fleece off and a check on the thermometer in my greenhouse The battery got so cold yesterday the display was unreadable so hoping the replacement will have faired better. Kitchen is smelling nice as my slow cooker has been casseroling all night First thou a nice pot of tea enjoy the new day.


Cells or Flats and for what?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 15:46

At a guess i'd say not really necessary since the ends are open but it wouldn't be that hard to drill them if it becomes a problem. I guess another thing you could do is hang sections and garden vertically (I think that was mentioned too).

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