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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 00:24

Zoomer, at the moment the roads are gritted and clear.
heavy snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow then freezing conditions with flurries of snow the rest of the week.
I will give you morning up dates.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:15

The weather map tells Teesside it has its own snow cloud hovering in the Tees bay ready to swoop as the bitter cold easterly wind drives it inland.
I did not really want to know that, it is dull with heavy cloud and just above freezing, what am I doing in the garden today Zilltch.
The oven is warming ready for a nice piece of Silverside and the trimmings, had visitors last night and more today.



worm compost

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 23:39
Alfierawes wrote (see)

How do folk use worm compost apart from putting it rounds plants? Can it be added to multipurpose compost?

Compost from a wormery is used as you would use any compost, a mulch, added to pots when potting plants into the final pot, digging into the hole when planting into the borders, just do not use it for seed trays.
Compost unless left to mature is really only a soil enhancer, it adds soft bulk to soil allowing better drainage a softer element for the roots to work into and also some goodness, minerals and good it a tonic for soil.
Zoomer worm casts on the lawns are a good thing, I use a bass broom and sweep them back into the grass, it exercises me and the lawn at the same time and proves the lawn is being aerated.


greenhouse heating

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 14:06

I use an electric fan heater with thermostat when it is needed, more into Spring in the North East as heating the full greenhouse would never repay you in produce. Also a heated sand bed with thermostat which is then curtained off with bubble wrap to keep the heat in the right place.
Anything too delicate goes into the conservatory for the cold months, anything hardy will be in the green house with a frost guard heater, Bubble wrap or fleece covers will keep the worst frost off them on the coldest nights and if you check you will find the floor level a few degrees warmer than on the benches.
Unless you have need to sow seed early I do not see the point of wasting heat, it takes a lot of power to heat a single glazed greenhouse even with full bubble wrap, the nursery up the road from me have commercial fan heaters and artificial sunlight lamps and the price of the plants show the cost of doing that.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 12:11

Stockton had overnight snow although once I managed to get off the drive and onto the main road it was OK.
It is now dull and looks as if more snow on the way.


Northern Light

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 11:18

Budlia63 I have seen the Northern Lights and that was from Teesside.
ICI had a refinery at what we called North Tees which was on the coast, as night shift engineer going from Billingham to North Tees on a very clear night around two in the morning, some flashes in the sky drew my eye stopping in a light free area I watched the display for around ten minutes and when I got to the refinery all the men were out watching.
I saw the display a couple more times always on a very clear night and looking North out over the North Sea and for free. My Daughter and family spent a lot of money going to Norway and never saw the display yet.
This year along the North East coast you would have seen the display although only on a couple of nights, it is not continuous from here.
Certainly a miracle to watch.


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