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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:50

Hello Jo, the green house was cleaned a couple of weeks past, the tomato's were done, a very poor crop this year but no disease.
Have not used bubble wrap for a long time now as it very rarely drops below freezing, the brick wall at the back takes in the heat and gives it back at night, it is surprising how warm it gets even when we cannot see the sun, one of the gains with a lean-to.
When we get warning I do put a fan with frost guard just in case and pop some fleece over things but then I am there to take it off every morning, the workers will not have time.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:20

Stockton today sunny and clear, true little box, I drove along route 66 into Ironopolis as was, now shopalolacis with very poor parking so we all go to Teasdale instead.
Azure sky and lovely sunshine, crazy drivers, shoppers belting round beating you up with their trolleys why do I bother, probably because there is a need to eat?!!
Coming back it was so clear to the west you could make out Scar-gill High Moor across the Dales but also a bank of cloud heading South, probably on its way to Halifax?
Well it did stop me planting bulbs yesterday so some one elses turn, I should get a clear run at it after a light lunch.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 09:52

Stockton heavy rain says yon tha box, wrong, brilliant sunshine at 07:30 this morning mainly blue sky above with an odd drift of cloud now at 10:00 hours.
Have some bags of bulbs to plant up and may have a look around the nursery up the road, they do have good plants.

Frank.

Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 22:31

Every food crisis brings an answer, not always for the best, to feed the burgeoning populations of the world we will need new and better processes including GM.
China Japan South Asia are all experimenting with better rice yields, America? well we are not too sure what they are playing with.
The British army marched on Pom, dried Cabbage Bully beef and M&V during the war, there are stories of German troops swapping their processed sausage for British corn beef? Then we got Spam which was to some of us a luxury not knowing or wanting to know the salt content. Margarine horrible, dried egg horrible tinned bacon so-so, we had no choice, it was extra food to supplement rations.
With peace came the burger bars, hot dog stands and ice cream with 15 ingredients instead of three, it was a reaction to shortages and food that was much the same for nearly ten long years.
Now we are at a time when a lot of people cannot be faddy in what they eat, they eat what they can afford and that cuts out organic and other wholesome things, well wholesome to some of us who can afford it but have go cheaper to a lot of folk.
Demand sets trends and GM whether we like it or not will be the norm in the next decade, it is already here by stealth, we may as well accept it.
I can afford to shop at the last of the local butchers, we know where the meat comes from but he is the last if he goes then it will be the Supermarkets, we do not know where the meat comes from, it is cheaper but to me tasteless, if money was short it would have to make do and that is the way life works.

Frank.

Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 17:50

Gary, I love Herring in tomato sauce although it is not good for the gout so once a month, but, if I could grow it all in one of my tomato's the sky is the limit.
Speaking of which, I do not mind flying mice but flying pigs???
Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 17:40

Dmball, "err" did you say boats, well apart from pushing Chesil beach another mile out to sea when Stationed at Wyke Regis, they are not too bad.
A couple of bad periods in the Bay of Biscay, A Med storm best forgotten and a North Sea storm the worst I have ever seen that sent the ferry we were on from Hamburg nearly to Iceland as we rode it out.
Apart from that nothing to write home about.

Still a lovely day here though the sun is now going.

Frank.

What is the solution?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:40

I would say that is a mineral deficiency, could be wrong.
A lack of Potash, Magnesium, Nitrogen. They should have an all round feed in your garden Centre with instructions for feeding, you could use up any tomato feed you have left and water it onto the roots, see what happens.
The normal time for feeding would be January or February but you could give a good mulch of compost and manure though the tree will be resting in the winter months.
Another year will lose you nothing so keep it and see what comes, they do not like thin soil so a mulch each year or twice a years does no harm.

Frank.

Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 15:25

Well Gily, you certainly caused a discussion although you have now gone beyond me, Macro is something on my camera and that is it.
As a lad I lived in a place that had soil toilets so surely the answer for someone worried about manure is use their own, everything out of those earth toilets in the village went onto the land, nothing wasted and the Veg tasted just as good. I went back last year for the first time since I left, those gardens were still as productive and the Veg still as large although I would assume they now have better toilets, therefore different arrangements for fertilisation?
An intuitive process you say "hm" my intuition is eat to live not live to eat and it has got me this far!!!

Frank.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:55

First of all I am afraid there is no quick fix, the people talking about bleach diesel and soda are talking about drilling the old stumps pouring the stuff into the holes then covering and leaving for a long time, I have a stump four years old and only now is it breaking up.
Second you do not want to be contaminating the ground where you will plant new plants and all those things will do that.
It depends on how old thick and heavy the old stumps are, there are people who will grind them out for you or you can hire a machine to dig them out, or get some one in to clear the ground for you, none cheap but you only need do it once.
So what is left, cover the ground between the stumps with heavy membrane covered with gravel, cut holes in it where you are putting a plant and let it grow on the membrane taking care of the weeds. You could then plant up pots and containers to put on the gravel until you are either fitter or the cover has been down long enough to kill off most weeds it will not kill all.
There are many other ways all include covering the ground for a while, some use old carpet or heavy mulch both take the ground out of use for a while.
Starting as you are doing is hard work and if there was an easy way there would be many more gardeners, it may come down to getting a local person in to sort it out so you can then progress.
Good luck,

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:35
lovetogarden wrote (see)

Nr Lincoln.

Morning folks.

You have certainly had some interesting times Frank

ChrisX

Depends on what you mean by interesting Chris, one of them in Lincoln was a bit close for comfort. We were doing Artillery spotting in an Auster single engine high wing plane taking off from a grassy field with a swathe cut in it for a runway. I had been up a while when the Pilot said he was tired and we came into a very bumpy landing. His Officer said he had to do one more run but had brought a relief for me so he took off, ten minutes later there was an explosion on the landing strip and both were killed.
The Rapide never made it up and when I saw I was sitting in a canvas seat inside what looked like cardboard sides i was happy about that.
The Dakota ran out of runway but it was dead flat desert so he made a turn and back to the start. Hang about lads we will clean the Carb's!! what? and they did take the covers off mess around and said right.
Off we went again, we had no side doors on as we were dropping supplies and gravel was flying in so we knew we were again off the runway but this time it staggered up. We did the drop got back and the Captain said "same time tomorrow lads" on your Nelly I managed to persuade the MT Sergeant it was my turn on the ration truck.
I managed to find trouble where ever I happened to be, is trouble interesting? depends how hard you have to clench your cheeks.
Been up the A66 and could see out over the Dales sunny and the Vale of York cloudy, coming back it was clear out over the coast.
Bought a big bargain bag of Daf's and one of Tulips at the GC, surprised to see the Christmas section is quite small this year, do they know something?

Frank.

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