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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 15:33

Caz I am normally very precise when cooking so what happened on Thursday was a one off thank goodness, I think all the gremlins landed at once.
Listening to music at the moment "Tales from the Vienna Woods" too foggy to go out and family not coming so feet up later for Strictly.
It has not eased here in Stockton and is now quite cold.


Using woven landscape fabric to overwinter soil

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:40

Frost is the best soil improver that is why we rough dig in Autumn and leave the frost to do the rest. In Spring rake the soil to a tilth and put cloches over the bits where you wish to plant only. A cloche is better because it is off the soil and yet keeps it dry, you can make your own by using bendy sticks with plastic over them.
The soil warms when the sun is on it and it does not need a blanket what you are after is something to keep the rain off yet the sun will warm. Do that in February it is soon enough and you will have your project by June "err" if we get a summer this year that is.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:28

Heavy mist in Stockton area could not see across the road but had to go out. It is back lanes to everywhere from here so I had fog lights and all on and so had most drivers but the odd idiot came charging through the mist with no lights on at all, I think they are lunatics but they may have Xray eye's.

Posh I think I have watched the Student Prince with Mario Lanza a hundred times, my Father loved Opera and Music hall and dragged me with him, we saw some very good Tenors including Tito Gobi when he came to Stockton, it must have rubbed off.


Green houses

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 10:48

Anita, Greenhouses come in all shapes sizes and prices could you let us know what you would need it for and a price or budget range please then we can answer.
Gardeners on this board have various types sizes also wood or aluminium, plastic or glass so you will get plenty of information once we know what you are thinking.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 09:50

Overhead the sun is shining
Bright azure blue sky above
Nought can be heard but the song of the birds
Filling all the air with singing
If this day could last for ever etc etc.

Apologies to Mario Lanza
Stockton on Tees "Sunny and Clear" and so it is, Daughter back from her cruise so I am on parade for the obligatory Friday lunch, "oh well cannot win them all" better get cleaned up then in case she pops in.


What's for tea?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 09:41

Tea last night was a "dissssaster darling", as Craig would say.
Bacon egg mushrooms tomato, croutons of bread rubbed with garlic and toast, how can you wreck that??
My timing went all to "h###" the tomato's and musgrooms slightly over cooked, the bacon not crisp enough, the first of the croutons burnt, the eggs split as I turned them.
I served my son his, the best bits, I dropped my croutons on the way to the table and binned them, the toast had got cold by then and I did not enjoy what I served myself so some of that was binned. Son said he enjoyed the meal !!!!! as he finished off with cream cake.
I had no stomach for more so did not touch cream cake until near nine with a cup of tea. Made the tea got cream cake out and dropped it cream splashed all over floor so that got binned, by the time I cleaned floor after walking in cream the tea was stewed so poured a very stiff whisky and drank that instead, I did sleep well though.
Even cooks can spoil broth.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 14:57

Stockton lovely and sunny had the visor down as I drove the lanes, we had a weather front along the coast with some high cloud--------until around one, then we got it.
Wind bending the trees driving rain almost horizontal, anything not tied down now flying including bins.


Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 23:39

Caroline, in February ask again and we will tell you how to take cuttings and bring them on for next Autumn.


New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 14:59

Ted, as an old gardener I have tried everything and the bucket of water with domestos in is the quickest then dig a hole and drop them all in.
The winter garden clean up is a good way to reduce them, search them out behind old pots bits of wood and often under greenhouse staging.
In spring a lamp comes in handy walk round and catch them waking up then fingers are best up and into the bucket. All the weird and wonderful cure alls are just that weird and wonderful pity they do not work so fingers it is and constant watch, they can multiply in no time if you leave them to it.


New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 13:33
artjak wrote (see)

Palaisglide, thank you for the info - I had not realised that spinach was so greedy. Could I sow some winter spinach now in the greenhouse?

You never know until you try, gardening is one big experiment as all gardens differ so give it a go, a bit of shelter plenty of any light going and remember to thin it as it grows, "err" if it grows. heat not needed or it will go to seed fast.


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