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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 15:19

You do not say what aspect it will have or how much sun it will get?
My own wall attached large greenhouse is positioned to get sun all day to the last rays, next door their wall mounted GH is East and North facing gets not very much sun yet grows things. Consider it a self enclosed growing medium which you may need to heat or have heated propagators in also may have to use bubble wrap in the coldest part of winter.
With a south facing GH you need to watch overheating, scorching, so shading is needed plus extra ventilation which is closed down only on the coldest nights, most other GH positions just need ventilating whatever the position and shading would not be needed.
Full sun you have to be there to make sure the fan is going and the shading up if we get a sudden hot day (I do say if ever). where as out of the hottest sun you can ventilate and leave it. Watering in a hot house is an essential a cool house can be left a couple of days.
Working people would need a GH slightly cooler and more manageable than a hot house but it will still produce most of the stuff you want to grow, even in a hot house I have heated beds, so, nothing wrong with not being in full sun. The shelter from sudden changes in temperature outside is what you are looking for and any GH provides that with good management.
Hope this helps.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:15
figrat wrote (see)
Blimey. I use those plastic dalek bins and sometimes put in the ash from my wood burning stove. Should I start wearing a hard hat?

I would sugest the whole outfit as in The film the Hurt Locker.
As long as it is ventilated and has an opening for gas to escape they will work quite well. If it has a lid make sure it is loose fitting and any vents clear of debris.
Let me loose in your kitchen and from the cupboards I can make Phosgene gas explosive and poisons, dangerous places kitchens.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:19

Hello Posh, you are a bit of a night bird, I signed off last night and went to bed not expecting an answer.
I did get some lovely cuddles from Hannah as she raked through the ice cream in the freezer, cleared the biscuit jar and drank all the orange juice so maybe her memories will be granddads ever open fridge.
I looked at the box saying Stockton on Tees Sunny/Clear with some surprise today because out side it was "wait for it" sunny and clear!! blue sky all round with some fluffy cotton bud cloud. Give them, whom ever they may be a cookie out of the jar.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:09

Martin, it does interest me, I like to know what happened.
As an engineer at ICI we had chemicals, pressure, and highly inflammable compounds, every man and woman on the site had to attend the on site Fire Station for an up date each year which included fighting some sort of fire. The lads knew me so I usually got the bad one, often as I worked forward knowing the fire behind me was out it would self ignite from the heat of the surface it was on. Most of the explosions we had were pressure causing the initial blast then some outside element firing it up.
Rotting vegetation gives off methane which is why an open compost bin is better than a closed one it also depends on where it is full sun or shade.
Having lived in a house that used peat for fires you find it takes a while to fire up which was why we damped them down at night rather than let them go out.
The posters on here had a problem without cause, one a peat fire one an explosion, it would shake them and be a mystery but as you will know there is always an explanation, and as soon as Ash or carbon was added the light started to come on for me, we had to be very careful about the storage of Nitrates, which end up in most fertilizers.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 23:34

Sizeyuk1, you had by the sound of it a bomb. As a lad before elf and safety we did chemistry and were taught among other things to make gunpowder and our own fire works, Charcoal is Carbon, Nitrate in some fertiliser is Saltpetre, and Sulphur also present in some fertiliser and you have a crude gunpowder. Put that lot into a sealed container  with heat inside and out and a build up of Methane gas pressure given off by rotting compost I would stand well clear.
None of us really know what we tip into our compost although I never did trust any of those seal and turn containers, I have wooden open lattice types that let air in and pressure out.
Having been on an army explosives course you realise just how easy it is to make things go bang with normal everyday ingredients.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 22:59

I saw that forecast "Rain" a touch of frost will be inland, my Son in the Vale of York normally gets it first. With us being near the sea it will be cold but no frost.
Posh, had a visitor tonight to see her Sun Flower, and to be photographed standing by it, I should say being towered over by it and its big smiling face. Hannah was delighted, we had to lift her so her face was level with the flower and the sun came out to light it all up. The evidence will be presented at school next week when they start.
She thinks I work miracles, well had you seen the poor bedraggled thing I got from her that is probably so, the weather seems to have been ideal for it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 15:56

Well Mike, with weather a clear answer is almost impossible as each area has its own ideas on it and the forecasters seem to have no idea.
Here in Stockton, twice light rain has meant a deluge and heavy rain forecast meant we got a day of sun?
My way is look out of the window and at the clock, a shower is here and gone and rain is continuous.
After our "err" light rain deluge this morning we now have sun and blue sky, from all of that I would say anything over a very short sharp wetting is rain, a shower is what gets you when you have walked fifty yards from the car not taking your coat as the sun was shining.
Hope this clears the smoke a bit,


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:54

Kate, always had a sense of humour, when dealing with people who are cold wet miserable and not wanting to do the things you want them to do then it gets things done. You may be feeling the same way yourself but cannot show it, I have been asked if the smile was glued on, well yes at times. I was asked more than once if I was a Holy Roller as I did not swear, well not in their hearing, I felt if I had to swear at them I had lost hence the long string of nonsense I used instead of, it got a laugh.
Trolls cause misery as we have seen on some of the chat thingees so I never get involved is all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:40
michael7 wrote (see)

I still want to know the official difference between rain and showers and it's got nothing to do with the song 'April Showers'.   It is now the end of August and yesterday the weatherman forecast 'rain followed by showers'. When I go outside and I'm getting wet do I say "This is only a shower" or do I say "This is only rain". Is rain wetter than a shower or vice versa?



Right then lets get technical, Rain is a continuous fall of water from the heavens in droplets for an unlimited time and can be defined as Light, Medium, heavy, Hissing it down or good grief launch the Dinghy. In the North it can also be a sea mist a sea fret or that b@@@@@ north sea again.
A shower on the other hand is a brief fall of water hale snow sleet, or it could include arrows bullets dust stones or sparks.
From that one would deduce Rain is a continuous fall of water and a Shower a short sharp fall of what ever takes your fancy.
Weather forecasters will say rain for a continuous fall and followed by showers short sharp bursts from the heavens, one is get your umbrella up before leaving the other hard luck you did not have time, I still think they only fall in April, the rest is just wet.


Fork Handles

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 10:51
kate1123 wrote (see

I was a little disappointed that the troll did not come back to play.

Kate some of us found out years ago trolls like to bully not play and the best way to deal with them is not to feed them in any way no matter how mad you feel.
It surprised me so many posters had a go, it probably made them feel very important.
I think winter has arrived here, straight from Siberia.


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