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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 10:49

August 1st once the Halcyon days of summer to a lad who's activity's were all outside. Breakfast always cut yourself a slice of porridge whilst I cook your bacon egg (in summer) and fried bread, good job we did not have health and diet dictators back then.
Feed the pigs let the hens out check the ducks and geese had plenty of water and the day was mine, always sunny, ride the bike to the farm and have a busy exciting day. Home again tired but never hungry Aunt Mabel fed me her fresh baked bread home churned butter and wonderful hedgerow or orchard pies. And so passed the summer as we knew it, what happened I ask?
Teesside today has a covering of cloud from the West with bursts of sunshine, we are warned of heavy rain later, "you know I could get very mad at that lot t'other side o't Pennines" still it is warm.


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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:57

Sarah, any of the cut and come again salad crops, carrots, radishes and lettuce will set and grow in this warm damp weather. You will not get show stoppers but the shorter carrots will be sweet and crisp, home grown salad is always tasty.
Some garden centres or if you are lucky enough to have a local nursery will have trays of Leeks Cabbage and winter greens ready to pop in the ground now is a good time to put leeks in.
How about sowing seed for next year using part of your plot as a nursery bed, browse the seed packets in the garden centre to see what will do, I had success with Wallflowers this way and other plants are started this way.
Not everything works for everyone depends on where you are in the country, we are often three to four weeks behind the South although we still manage to grow many of the same things, just later.
Experiment with your plot and sometimes we old gardeners go against the book of rules, rules are made to be broken, you learn by your mistakes. Hope this helps.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:34

Indeed they are Dmball the difference being they are wild Flower meadows and not Hay meadows as we had along our ring roads up to this week. The Council followed Sarah Ravens programme and put in acres of wild meadow along the roads and parks then along came the grass cutters and treat it like lawn?
A hay meadow was cut with a scissor blade which left enough rough for insects and small animals to hide in plus seed to eat, you could play bowls on those area's now and as you can guess my missive to the council is flying towards them right now, they get it right then get it all wrong.
The cloud has arrived from the West although no rain this side of the Tees as yet, where is the North Sea breeze when we need it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 11:07

Cherry ripe cherry ripe,ripe I cry
full and fair ones come and buy.
They should write a song about it, I have a load of cherry tomato's smiling at me in the GH this morning, late I admit but who cares when they taste so different.
Teesside weather today is sunny for now, blue sky North and East, we are told we will get rain from the West, they can keep it.
When I have the best of three falls with this board it is always a Sunday and it refuses to accept the correct password which I have written down to check and keeps asking me to re-enter!!!! I thought we lost the Gremlins with the war? "Yikes" who mentioned that???


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 16:45

For some unknown reason I was locked out of the forum and not for the first time, usually on a Sunday, have just managed to get it to sign me in after quite a few tries,
not happy.

Yesterday was a bit of everything on Teesside, sitting down to lunch with the sun shining a massive crash of thunder then a deluge and back to sunshine, my Daughter was over "Rain's" side of the Tees and said all the traffic was coming to a halt as the rain was so heavy wipers would not clear it.
Today sunshine with the odd shower although very warm, we seem to be getting it from the west, well we do not want it so keep it over your side Joe4 and Zoomer.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 13:52

Teesside cannot make its mind up. Blue sky and sun at seven this morning then cloudy and dull later, now the sun popping in and out with clouds flitting about like the dancers on the Olympic opening last night. What a show.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:10

Blue skies smiling at me
nothing but blue sky can I see.

Sunshine and warmth, the tomato's were choking for a drink when I opened up, the garden had a smile on its face just like me, after yesterday anything was an improvement here on Teesside.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:55

They do tell me that Haggis ice cream with a single malt pouring sauce is quite edible "err" or was that in-edible cannot remember as I have just had my night cap single malt and water.
I buy ice cream made in Devon from only milk cream fruit and sweetener, nothing else or I should say not with the 14 additives some of the top brands add to it.
We do have a local ice cream parlour been there for years who serve home made apple pie with home made ice cream to die for, I cannot resist it when in town.
Well our Teesside weather did not improve we had a layer of cloud over us all day and the lawns did not get cut.



Posted: 26/07/2012 at 15:57

Pinkpeony, Camellia need a west facing sheltered spot, they do like sun but the root ball needs to be cool. West facing means they do not get early morning sun which causes damage after frost so some overhead shelter would be best, maybe the dappled shade.
The soil needs to be lime free dig some compost or leaf mould or manure (well rotted) into the soil as you dig the hole for the plant, I would put some grit in the base to give some drainage. Put the plant in at the same level as the soil of the plant is now and firm in the enriched soil around the plant, mulch the area around not touching the base stem and water in well.
Planting against a wall or fence will help against frost damage although you can always fleece the plant in frosty weather taking the fleece off during the day.
The normal way would be to plant in Autumn or March but putting a pot plant into the ground now whilst it is warn and damp will not harm it.
If your new position is more Northerly that is OK but you will need some shelter from the weather so a wall or fence is ideal.
Hope this helps


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:39

Do not like assassin plants, if I see a fly even daring to look in my windows a nice stroke with the fly swat sends it to the outfield for six, keeps my batting eye in.
Woke up to a sea fret on Teesside, a cooler night and heavy cloud, as I came back across the Tees from shopping had the car lights on and wipers going, it is not heavy just annoying as the lawns need a cut.


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