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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:47

Posh, you are not alone we finally got those light showers around four tonight.
It went dark next minute I thought someone was throwing gravel at the window, you could not see out for the deluge which turned to heavy rain and it still is, so much for light showers then.
It has become much colder tonight as well. Weather forecasters aside we have tomorrows mysteries to look forward to.


Using rusty tools

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 15:49

Bjay anything made of metal will in time rot although you fill it with water the outside will rot it could take a years or so.
An old watering can will not matter but a loved water feature would. I assume it will be standing on its base so a coat of paint on the outside and say a thin liner from a Garden Centre put inside and clipped to the edge will give you years of use.
No matter what you use be it a large plastic or earthen pot after plugging the base adding a thin liner will give you a belt and braces effect.
The liner would also stop the slight Electrolytic effect you get with water and zinc.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 11:48

Pam, that could have been either Great Ayton or Stokesley shows, the latter being the big one. Hound coursing has always been a local sport and as a a lad we would be rounded up given long ropes with lures on them and told to start running. We would get a start on the Whippets although they would be on the lure before we reached the end of the field, a clip on the ear and being told to run faster was the reward, well maybe a Woodbine shoved in your hand, I never smoked and smoking Woodbine's would never make you run faster.
Climbing Roseberry Topping and then lunch in Newton under Roseberry was also a local pastime, I had a Beagle and she got so excited running up and down between us as we climbed she collapsed, I wrapped her round my neck like a muffler and carried her all the way back down, at the bottom she stood then ran around as normal, I am sure she was having me on for a carry.
A truly lovely area to live in with all the assets, long coasts, Moors and Dales with wooded areas. At ICI we would have to drag Southern Engineers up here kicking and screaming, no bright lights they said, wrong on all points and they had to be dragged back South not wanting to leave, many came back.
Still sunny and warm, wonder if the forecaster has looked out of his window yet.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 10:36

Teesside weather light rain and cooler??? that is the official forecast, the forecaster has obviously Not looked out of the window where they would see "Bright sunshine, a blue sky with some light white cloud".
It does look a bit bleak over "Rains" side of the valley ten miles away, elsewhere is a golden glow and very warm. Picked some more tomato's whilst out back messing about, have a lunch to cook now, the Grandchildren are back from Fort William !


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 16:30

Geoff, it does depend on where you live, my area 30 years old had good long drives with all the family here I can get them all off the road, the result is most have lawns with various adornments in my case trees. Walls are not permitted but low box hedges if you wish, no more than 24 inches high, too fussy by half to look after.
My Daughters estate fairly new build have hard fronts mainly with parking just off the pavement in front of double garages  and a narrow path to the back.
As to the Sunday morning lawn pushing race well times have changed, as they all disappear during the week leaving us retired lot on our own the Sunday is taken up with the women pushing the mower and the men cooking the Sunday Lunch?
What happened to women cooks I ask?
Nigel Colborn comes out against Bob Flowerdew with an article on long live the lawn, "yer tak's ya pick".


Using rusty tools

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 16:11

As long as it is not leaking use it, keep water in it as it is mainly the reaction of air that oxidises steel, keeping a full can of water in the green house, or in my case several helps with humidity which the plants like.
Every item we use gives off some sort of aura, a zinc coated can will take up minute amounts of zinc though in the case of tomato's that helps, plastic gradually deteriorates all reactions we have to live with so do not worry, anyway in a one and a half gallon can the dilute substance would be minimal.



Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:58

Compost has to be worked at, chucking green stuff into some kind of container and leaving it is a no-no. It needs AIR, HEAT, Moisture. the first two being must haves.
You do not say what container you have  if it is a plastic bin tip it out make sure it has holes in the base, a couple in the side would help.
Now put some twiggy bits in the base and start to fill with what ever you have although nothing in a thick layer, mix it, woody leafy paper a thin layer of grass cutting, peelings from the kitchen egg shells tea bags, split them, cardboard torn up even some rags, all make compost.
Damp each layer as you go, DO NOT SOAK IT, put your bin where it will get warm and out of any prevailing winds, under a hedge at the back of the garden does not usually work. My bins (wooden) are against a wall where they get sun most of the day.
Every couple of weeks or so tip it out stir it up and put it back, you should see it steaming and feel the heat when you put your hand in. I have two so one can be filling one as the other gets used, it will take five or six months although I have it in summer in three.
Wet and smelly means no heat, no air so no activity by the bacteria that breaks compost down, they like five star treatment to work, don't we all, so start again and work the compost, dumping stuff in and forgetting is not the way to go.


lawn problems

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:41

The picture shows the grass to be near the pavement so quite possibly dry, in other words put a can of water on the patches each day, it should come back.
One of the problem with using turf is it may have been in the roll awhile without proper watering, as soon as it goes down you need put a sprinkler on it and water each day for a couple of weeks until the base of the turf has rooted into the prepared soil, even with all the rain this year grass near paves can be dry.
I use weed and feed from the GC twice a year, a fast feed and weed in Spring well watered in then in Autumn Winter feed and weed, a slow release type of feed as the grass although growing will have slowed down.
Hope this helps.



Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:29

They are in pots so could go in now although the best time is October- November, or March-April.
They like an acid or slightly acid soil, blue ones will lose their blue in Alkaline soils so prepare your bed with plenty of garden compost well rotted manure if you have any and dare I say it "whisper" PEAT, oops that should start a storm.
They need a sheltered spot a place where they would not get morning sun after frost if possible, not all are frost hardy although my Shirley does not seem to mind.
The Garden Centres are full of them at the moment and looking at the root ball they are healthy so planting them now will not harm them.
Plant level with the top of the pot heel in water and then mulch around the plant although not touching the stem, leave a few inches around it and let nature take its course.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:13

Sorry to bring this up again folk, reading a national paper this morning I noted a comment that 7,000,000 homes have lost their front gardens to concrete or hard standing to park more cars off the road.
I ask does this turn the theory of removing your lawns and paving to make the world green a little on its head?
Bob Flowerdew's comment I am sure was not remove your lawns and park more cars although we see it happening all around us. I am also sure that using around half a litre of fuel per fortnight cutting lawns must be better than causing water once mostly soaked up by the grass to run off hard standing to over-flow kerbside gutters never built to take so much water, hence the flooding we get. What about the green footprint of the gas guzzlers parked where once a verdant green lawn lived?

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