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Posted: 28/11/2016 at 20:44

To be fair my old raspberries have a load of nettles and buttercups in between them. I cut the weeds  down as I pick,. Its looks messy but I still get plenty of raspberries.

Sweet peas

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:34

Are slugs chewing them off ? or mice digging them up for the seed.?

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:32

Coral larvae travel huge distances on ocean currents. Those growing in warmer areas, some will carry to cold areas  and then die. If the new area is too warm for the old coral , it may be just right for a settlement of the type that can cope with higher temperatures. Nature abhors a vacuum and will find ways to fill it.

I am more worried about the problems caused by the nitrates from treating sugar cane that runs off into the inner parts of the  G B  R . Building work in Sharm el Sheik has devastated the coral because the bulldozers have dumped sand and rubbish on the reef.   In Indonesia and Malaysia, rubbish is dumped at sea and there is a huge amount of damage being caused to  reefs and islands in the Indian ocean where the currents carry it.  Man is  causing all this damage, a changing climate may be accelerating  El Nino events, The pacific ring of fire (Volcanic) is very active at the moment, spewing vast amounts of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.  Have we caused that? Could we stop it? could King Canute hold back the tide. ?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:40

I even got collared by some witnesses in Australia. I was doing my friends front garden at the time so no where to escape.  They said they had spoken to me before.  Well, same accent, but my friend is 3 inches shorter and dark haired.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:36

Our white wine is very chilled. It's still outside from the weekend.

 I have a confused Gala Apple tree. It has one set of flower buds on a spur, and another that has open flowers. 

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:28

The barrier reef suffered a massive bleaching event in April 1998. I was there. I went back three years later to find what had been fantastic coral reefs, totally flattened.  By 2006 they had recovered somewhat. The April 1998 bleaching event was caused by the water temperature, the El Nino had raised  the water temperature to 31 C. Nice to dive in but devastating in it's results.  The El Nino events seem to be getting closer together, but the barrier reef has had devastating events at regular intervals for thousands of years.  Some corals can withstand the higher temperatures, it may just accelerate evolution.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:21

I do so agree, Obelixx.

Also I wouldn't have been got out the bath this morning to answer the door to a nice pair of ladies bearing witness to Jehovah.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:48

On Saturday I picked some sage to put in the stuffing. I dropped it on the work surface for a while. Late that night I found  what I think is a rosemary beetle, on the white tiles. Quite large with a striped carapace.  I will have to give the  herb bed a good shake over newspaper to see if there are any more. That one got squished.

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:44

I have never understood the "fact" often  quoted , that carbon dioxide levels have gone up. From my O level biology, I did experiments of altering growing conditions. Increasing the level of carbon dioxide  leads to an increase in photosynthesis by plants, all else being constant. So if the plant grows faster, more carbon dioxide is used and the ambient level remains the same.   Phytoplankton levels in the ocean  "bloom" when the water stirs up and more carbon dioxide and nutrients are available, thus fixing the carbon dioxide into carbohydrates in various plants.  The phytoplankton in the oceans, along with  grass and  forests suck up all excess CO2.


HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:22

I fleeced the banana in the greenhouse. That's not a euphemism either.

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