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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 11:23

Stockton low cloud cold and damp, what more can you say, apart from the Chicken is in the oven, something to look forward too.



Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:14

Bunny, only one way to find out, make up some trays and broadcast the seed on them see what you get.
Budget seeds are usually old seeds shops and GC's want to get rid of so do we know how old our seed really is?
We are told that seeds stored for many years will germinate given the proper treatment so go for it, what is there to lose?


Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:07

Patience, the main tool of the gardeners trade, you learn it after years of disappointments because you started way to early.
Dont sit wishing your life away it is short enough, get some paper out and make your lists, read the catalogues, plan that change you always said you would make then found you were too busy when Spring arrives, usually suddenly and takes us by surprise.
Yesterday I was writing my list for the GC and today although sunny is so bitter cold you would need thermals to go fill the bird feeders (do not forget the fresh water).
Like Bunny we in the North East have to sit it out and it can be up to a month after the Southern Counties, we will have the same flowers long after theirs have gone over so winners and losers.
I take it as it comes, around my birthday in February I will put some heat into the sand box and sow some early seed remembering we can have heavy frosts in April so what ever goes in you will need some covered room as it grows on. When Spring does come we will all be wishing we could spend a while just sitting and looking but each time you sit you will see a job needs doing now, "oh well" that is gardening for you.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:52

Had fun today dancing on ice with the car, Stockton council did not grit the roads.
We had rain and sleet last night then a very hard frost early on today and the roads ice rinks. I was deicing the car when a car slid round the corner sideways, the back lanes were a mixture of wet and black ice where the sun melted the ice although not where the trees shaded the road.
I stay well back using only the gear box and not the brakes watching the brake lights ahead come on and then they were off, it was fun to watch and luckily the road behind was empty, if those drivers had been through a couple of German winters they would know how to handle the cars.
Bright sunshine some cloud and a very bitter East wind at the moment, the garden would need a jack hammer on it so gardening is out today.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 14:56

Stockton has blue sky with sunshine although bitter cold, some cloud keeps drifting over and puts the sun out for a few minutes then up it pops again. Had the sun visor down coming home as it was blinding.
Making out order list for GC, potting compost, fine grit, some JI number two which I cut myself for seed compost "oh er" and some seed, do not go mad, (reminder to me).


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:55

Bunny, on my way up, have the strawberry jam and cream ready.
Jeannie, when I was stationed up there the lads wore lead in their kilts to stop some of the icy draught, they also played Blue Bonnets Over the Border until I was almost tempted to shoot holes in their bag pipes, we technical boys wore trews.
The sun is still shining though it is getting a little cooler as the wind turns, it seems to be blowing in all directions at the moment.
Yes Bunny Reiver not reaver, after a few Newcastle Browns they were usually weavers.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 11:41

"Oh I see a Border Reaver are you" I am afraid we had ways of dealing with them down in Durham it included ants nests and honey smeared on intimate places then sending them back.
My late wife did not look kindly on her pristine window ledges being overtaken with leaking boxes of seed, it was her who told me to order the large Robinson greenhouse from the Great Yorkshire show many years ago and banished me from window ledges. In her memory I still do not bring stuff in as Daughter has now taken over the window ledges with pledge and dusters.
Our problem as you well know is frost right up to the end of May so planting early is not really an option and we still get good crops and flowers, just a bit later is all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 10:50

Bunny, Dmball, I have too many years under my belt to fall for it, we quite often get a mild sunny January, not that this has been one, then "bamm" February strikes and on the North East Coast with one foot in the sea it comes straight down from Siberia complete with Polar bears and it is either heat the greenhouse or lose them. Plants need light as much as heat and though the nights are drawing out noticeably when the overcast arrives it can last for days.
I will bite my nails and wait, patience is a gardeners best freind.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 09:53

Stockton, a good refreshing breeze, well that is what we call it, sunshine with some cloud, not a lot, and warm.
I am tempted but know better to start some sowing, February can be very nasty up here.


Irrigation in the greenhouse

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 23:18

First  question how far are you from a tap, second question is it outside, the tap I mean, and third question are you away from your green house for long periods.

I irrigate my large greenhouse with watering cans and buckets, two buckets and three watering cans will give enough water for a week, I fill them carry them in and leave them using as needed.
I have a watering system that is used for when on holiday or away for a while, it cost £35 at B&Q and is a hose pipe with a drip feed system one feed goes to each pot and the hose is carefully set to give a steady drip. When I am away the door and windows are left open, it is better to be cool than overheat the plants.

A greenhouse with plants needs at least twice a day visitations to adjust air flow open and close vents as required being retired and working in the garden I do keep a constant eye on things and lose very little from cold heat over watering, the three main issues with greenhouses.
I find the irrigation system can be fickle at times, can lead to some plants being over watered and others left dry so it only comes out when I am desperate.
OK probably not what you wish to hear but I Can only tell it as I find it, a misting system as used by commercial growers costs the earth and we pay for it buying their plants.


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