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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 11:36

Stockton the weather has suddenly changed, heavy winds trying to blow the trees over on my front, cloudy but travelling so fast the sun came back out as I write, it is a storm without the rain touch wood.
Glad to hear the dog will not be casseroled and it is best to split primroses whilst still flowering although I hate doing that, just love the flowers.
Rose, my snowdrops have been out a while but they have moved themselves over time from a fairly sunny spot round a corner into shade, I love it when nature shows you the way. A new set of bulbs will go in later to help clump them up.
Chris, Flew over Lincolnshire quite  a few times when doing aerial map reading, it was in small Auster spotter planes and I think it was because there were not many features to easily recognise, I followed the canals.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 09:58

Bunny, you cannot eat dog even in Dordogne.
Stockton Clear blue sky sunshine and warm, long may it last.
My Primroses are smiling at me having been in bloom since before Christmas through frost rain snow and they are still smiling whilst we moan.
There is a long row of them all from one plant I was given years ago, they get cleaned and split every year as they die down and being sheltered from North and East winds do well.


Grade II Barn backing onto neighbours garden

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 15:09

Check with the Church they may say they want a soak away if you move the pipe, get all parties involved and talk, to jaw is better than going to war.


Growing lupins

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 13:03

Ruby, I love lupins but so do the snails, you can bring them on in pots put them out in the border and in one night they are devoured.
Taking a torch and stalking them with a bucket of water and added domestos will get some though not all so now I put the lupins in large pots and try all the latest snail guards none of which work, oh well sow lots and enjoy what the snails leave.


3 x 2 sheds

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 12:53

Ruby, most Garden centres or DIY shops with a garden section sell sheds of all sizes and usually deliver, check out yellow pages for your area. I do not shop on line as it is good to see what you are actually getting.
Forget the green roof, most sheds are flimsy things and would not support the weight without some solid support posts to hold the soil water and plants, you would need build a substantial frame off the shed itself.
If you are looking for a tool store and three by two is that then look at some of the plastic boxes you can buy, my daughter has one and it does the job nicely.


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