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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 13:45

Stockton as of now snowing.
We had a run to Northallerton to post Daughters banns and it was clear although minus one on the car read out, the snow was deep on the Cleveland hills and the fields then it started as we turned off for Bromton.
The mist and cloud rolled down from the hills and the snow came, it followed us all the way back home and is still snowing, it was a white out at Arncliffe.
It is not as foggy here although the snow is laying.


last years compost

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:59

I have an old box around two boards high next to the compost bins (also wood) this years spent compost from the pots and tubs goes in there after bagging up the stuff that was in the box to use again.
Mixing in some of my fresh compost from the heaps and a little granular fertiliser I leave it to weather until next year even put a few strawberries on it, yearlings to grow on, never had any trouble that way.
We use the garden soil every year so why not rest and then reuse the potting compost?


Root trainers

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:49

If and when I sow sweet peas early a deep pot with some cardboard sorts the root training. Cut Two piece of cardboard the width and depth of the pot then slit each half way slide them together and fit in the pot you have four mini pots but deep,
Fill with compost and sow the seed two to a section and let them germinate take out the weakest seedling and grow the strongest on. I put the weak ones into a pot they often come out well.
I often think we get too complicated and expect a modern aid for every purpose, my Father would say go get a wheelbarrow of common sense and use your ingenuity.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:38

Stockton had a dull drear day, the snow is melting although still some on the lawns.
Took off up the Durham road and a mile from stockton as the road rises the fields still well covered and not giving  but much brighter.
Ended up in the supermarket and was confronted with shelves of "Easter Eggs" is it me or the world that's gone crazy.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 23:17

Zoomer we always had our own micro climate in Stockton and the Tees bay, we would have an inch of snow and people were phoning me from Darlington and Sedgefield saying they were snowed in and when I checked they were. Eight miles up the road they would have a foot of the stuff though everything climbs away from Teesside.
I always loved the cross country train ride very picturesque.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 11:15

Stockton Zoomer will find the snow melting and she will be under leaden sky, no frost last night so roads are OK, give me a wave as you Zoom past.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 17:21

Zoomer, went out this morning in lovely sunshine and a thaw, came back in a snowstorm. The main roads are free of snow although the A19 and A66 were closed one by snow one an accident, from Norton to the Hartlepool turn off blocked solid.
At the moment the A66 is still closed at Brough, the cross country trains on reduced service so best to check it all out before you start.
Stockton at the moment is bitter cold and the sky has cleared so a heavy frost forecast, the snow has stopped with only an inch or so down and the gritters are doing a good job even our lanes getting done.

Give me a wave when you pass, Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 16:03

Rose, it is not for us Northerners to comment although in the bad winter we had a couple of years back the binmen did not lose a day or even an hour and on top of that the lads always push my bin behind the gate, our roads never get gritted and at the moment we could skate on them and probably better than some of the Skating on Ice performers last night.



Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:27

Ken, Geoff is correct in what he says and your own compost can be used for potting on, enhancing the soil when planting new plants or as a mulch, it does contain goodness and will not come amiss.
Being taught to garden when bespoke seed mediums did not exist we did use our own composts and soil to set seed. Plus of course leaf mould. We used various means of sterilising the soil and they did work, from using a home made steamer, Jeye's fluid, a bucket on the bonfire ashes with soil in it or today an old micro wave in the garage, put some soil in a plastic container and blast it, works for me.
Seeds do not need nutrient so mixing a third soil, a third washed sand, a third grit will give a good seed compost, sow your seed wet it then put some fine grit on top and that is it.
As soon as the seeds have two true leaves i prick out into half compost half sand and grit mixed then as you pot on compost with some grit mixed in.
Think about it, we all sow seed straight onto a seed bed in the garden which is not sterelised and most come in fact we have to thin them out, self seeders pop up all over the place nature can look after her own, probably we fuss too much.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 10:03

Zoomer, Stockton no overnight snow though it is trying now wet stuff.
Main Roads clear although side roads like mine very icy.
A66 closed at Brough on radio.


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