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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 12:00

Stockton started bright with a slight dusting of snow, then it clouded in from the Sea and we have heavy snowfall which is laying. Daughter rang to cancel mad Monday as they were having heavy snow just four miles away although nearer the coast.
Plans for this week??? not a lot.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 09:25

Stockton a dusting of frost, high cloud amid a blue sky, sunshine, Cleveland hills a golden misty glow over the valley, all in not a bad day for January.
Lamb ready to go in the oven suitably bedecked with fresh herbs and then a clean up for Daughter coming to clean me up tomorrow, what a fun life we lead.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 18:07

"Can't beat it can you" My Father used to say that after sitting on a wet river bank all day in the cold to catch a few brown trout, I never understood it Alan4711, I would think it dedication to ones interest or hobby.
South Wales must have shown me its pleasant face whilst stationed at Bridgend with nice days in Porthcawl with the local girls or dancing in Port Talbot, the weather seemed always good.
Dig the garden over in Autumn then let winter do its work, no help needed from us until the first awakenings of Spring then the saying goes "spring into action" that is how it is for me.
Getting very cold now in the North East still I am not dashing off to the local hop as was once the case, watch TV with a beer and think about seed sowing next month.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 13:10

We are right under a weather front fighting it out above us in Stockton. The coastal side is fair and bright the inland side dull and wet, it is sunshine and showers alternating as the front moves.
I think I will just got to the Beach with my wind break umbrella and hot water bottle.


sowing seeds problems

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 15:39

Rose5, Try making up a seed tray with half washed sand and grit and half compost, seedlings do not need much feed to start them off.
I actually use quarter compost and three quarters sand and fine grit then prick out as soon as two leaves are set into a half and half mix potting on later into two thirds compost one third grit.
You will find this drains better although I still put a covering of grit or vermiculite on top and as the seedlings grow they get more feed from a stronger mix of compost, the grit helps drainage..
Winter sown seeds do have problems if you do not have heat and in my part of the country I do not bother finding that early February gives me all the plants I need at the time I need them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 09:34

Stockton, low cloud and rain, no frost, not cold just dark.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 12:17

Stockton, nothing to write home about.


What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:09

Geoff, I never knew that brilliant, never too old to learn especially on this electronic whizz kid kit called a laptop.


growbags as raised beds?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:05

The problem with some grow bags the compost inside is quite coarse and woody usually the cheaper ones so go for the named ones.
You could buy a grow bag and mix some of your garden soil with it enough to fill some pots, some GC's give them away, neighbours or family may have some odd pots. Grow bags tend to be very bright and off putting but they will work so if that is the way for you do it, never be put off doing things your way.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 12:54

Rosa, it was the Sam who said the birds are singing, I am singing as I bake squash in the oven to make soup, it frightens the birds away, I popped a garlic clove in each pod where the seeds were dug out and it is all I can smell.
The Sun is brilliant, I now have doors and windows open as the house gets full sunlight and the warmth it brings, warms the heart too.


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