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Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:46

9:27 from here:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:46

The Moon starts covering the Sun at 8.27 (at my location) and the Sun is fully uncovered again at 10:41.  It will get quite dark at the maximum, more so the farther you are North.

Last time (16 years ago) I remember it went very cold and the wind changed noticeably.

Warning: it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun even when it is 90%+ obscured, so don't be tempted even with sunglasses or a welding mask!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:33

Yes, the Moon will cover the maximum area of the Sun at 9.30am.  A Screenshot from my planetarium program for 9.32am at my location (East mids):


broad bean seelings being eaten

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:48

If the stems have been bitten through but the leaves are undamaged I would suspect rodents.  Are the roots still there in the ground, or have they gone?


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:45

The best known blight resistant varieties are Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona.  I think Blue Danube (from the same Sarpo family) may be too.

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:24

Mmm.  This from a site I use for planning my astronomy:

I'm only interested in how cloudy it is at night though! 

Forecasting beyond the next few days is really beyond the abilities of science I'm afraid, which is why the met. office no longer do it.  Like statements from a politician just before an election;  Believe what you want to believe, but it bear in mind they only tip their hat to science, facts or reality!



Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:55

Yes Linda, but it will take a few years before they grow to flowering size.  You can also grow them from any scales which fall off larger bulbs - just put the scales in a small plastic bag of damp compost and leave somewhere warm and dark for a few weeks.  The scales will then form little bulbs which can be potted on.  Again, probably at least 3 years before they will flower though.

lean-to greenhouse

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:44

With some basic DIY skills, you can build one using 10mm twinwall polycarbonate sheet and timber.  The 10mm sheet is very strong and actually becomes part of the construction rather than just being the glazing.  Have a look at this blog post - all you need to do is scale things down:


Plant Identification please

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 21:28

The Purple Toadflax (Linaria) can get a bit thuggish if it seeds into permanent planters, mainly as it continues growing over the winter, pretty much unseen.  Once you let it seed, you will have it forever (like most of the willowherbs!)  It is quite pretty though.

As for the bluebells, you can tell as the bulbs are white and are quite deep.  I'm also plagued by the spanish variety and forever digging them up but just can't seem to get rid of them..

1st greenhouse coming

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 21:06

My louvre is at the opposite end to the door.  If you have only one roof vent, you want that in the middle.  The idea is to create a flow of air from the louvre (and door, when opened in warm weather), through the greenhouse and out of the roof vent.  The better the air flow, the less trouble you will have with diseases, especially fungal problems which are exasperated by poor air flow.

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