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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 10:10

Stockton heavy rain says the boxer, not at the moment quite dry but very low dark cloud so it will be correct before the day is over.
I am really happy the garden got its big clean up last week, the greenhouse is nearly empty at the moment so an inside job washing it down, a load of pots need cleaning too, never a dull moment.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 10:05

A  Correction,
I should have said David Brown Tractors with the big wings (probably because the RAF used them in hundreds) and not John Brown as I did say, apologies to officianado's.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 23:05

Hello Posh, did you get the last e-mail I sent???

My mothers extended family lived in Middlesbrough in Street houses so no chance of livestock or fresh food apart from the market, we supplied a lot of what added to their wartime rations. I could jump on the bus at Norton Green and get of in North Ormesby market walk down the street with a couple of bags of veg and bacon or the odd fowl.
I remember the local Barber pestering me for something to put in the oven at Christmas, in the end my Dad said that old hen has stopped laying knock it over and give him that (or sell I should say), I kept out of his way for weeks thinking it would be the toughest bird they ever had but when he did catch me he was asking if we had any more?


Cuttings - what happens next?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:28

Sue, Patience is a gardeners best tool sit and wait is the way to go.
Penstemon, 3-4 inch pot of loam peat and grit, pop in a cold frame or greenhouse and then in Spring plant out the rooted cuttings.
Same with all the others I would not cover them if they are in a greenhouse as it can cause damp problems, as long as they are under cover out of draughts and can get light, keep them just damp through the coldest periods then watch them come to life in the spring.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:18

Rain, so sorry to hear that, I do know the heart break of losing an animal close to you. They have such a short life span compared with ours yet they are never forgotten.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:13

That looks about right David.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 20:48

Stockton Heavy rain, it should have said very heavy rain and never stopped all day, the wind was whipping it into the windows and the rain was running down the road, glad I live at the top of the bank.
Zoomer you would not have got through today the main roads were nearly all closed by accidents from early on.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 20:41

Having been off air all day owing to a virus which took seven hours to eliminate it is nice to be back.
The Fordson Tractor we had was an N9, the one shown is a Major and was called just Ford.
If you want to see a full working Fergy with all its kit there is often one on my sons farm, his friend has it and still uses it.
I hold my tongue on some of the discrepancies for instance I never in my life saw the "Murky" with our own fowl we had Goose at Christmas I loved it and a Cock-bird for New year and so did many around us. Not saying all did but many parents did try hard to give the kids a good time at Christmas. All our ducks geese and chickens were pre ordered and Mother plucked and ploated the lot.
They are trying to pack a lot in and it does not always work.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 23:11

None of those tractors are war time David, the Fordson is 1960's, The little grey Fergy next to it is 1950.'s The wartime Fordson did not have tyres but Latice frame wheels with an iron tyre that had teeth for pulling through the earth, the front wheels were iron and with direct steering, no springing a pig to drive. The tractor seat was iron a bit bottom shaped on a sort of leaf spring and that was the only sprung bit on it, a bag of straw came in handy. The radiator was a square cast iron top tank and cast iron bottom tank with the normal block in between. No thermostat and they boiled like mad when working on a hot day, you could get a funnel shaped tank that screwed in the radiator cap and it acted as an expansion tank also holding more water. There was no grill as shown.
Some of the larger farms got a John Brown Tractor as used by the RAF with sweeping wings, it was much lower and had a padded seat for two people.
There was an odd looking tractor that had a two cylinder diesel engine, I never had anything to do with it but it seemed to do the job.


Has anyone made their own greenhouse staging?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 16:06

Julie, I have made staging and also made the basic mistake of under estimating how heavy trays of grit with plant pots full of soil and plants can be (and I am an engineer), my first effort many years ago slowly collapsed with everything on it as I was at the opposite end of the green house to the door, it took a while to clear space to get out as it was partially propped up by large pots on the other side.
In this green house I have two stagings against the wall I made, and two aluminium stagings I can remove when winter turns to the tomato season on the other side.
Having some old four by four fence posts, I made a good top frame resting on four solids legs then braced the back and side legs, across the top having some 2x1 wood cut it into batons and lay it across the top frame screwing some of them down, in my case I also screwed the top to the wall which with your greenhouse you will not be able to do, So two home made stagings, I split them in case I want one out and built a sand box with heating cables on one of them, that is heavy although has not moved in the years it has been there. You do not brace the front as you store things under the stage.
Four good solid legs
A good frame on top
Brace the back and sides
Then use your pallet flats for the top
Put a small pave under each leg to stop it sinking into the ground.
good luck,

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