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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 10:15

The weather map tells Teesside it has its own snow cloud hovering in the Tees bay ready to swoop as the bitter cold easterly wind drives it inland.
I did not really want to know that, it is dull with heavy cloud and just above freezing, what am I doing in the garden today Zilltch.
The oven is warming ready for a nice piece of Silverside and the trimmings, had visitors last night and more today.



worm compost

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 23:39
Alfierawes wrote (see)

How do folk use worm compost apart from putting it rounds plants? Can it be added to multipurpose compost?

Compost from a wormery is used as you would use any compost, a mulch, added to pots when potting plants into the final pot, digging into the hole when planting into the borders, just do not use it for seed trays.
Compost unless left to mature is really only a soil enhancer, it adds soft bulk to soil allowing better drainage a softer element for the roots to work into and also some goodness, minerals and good it a tonic for soil.
Zoomer worm casts on the lawns are a good thing, I use a bass broom and sweep them back into the grass, it exercises me and the lawn at the same time and proves the lawn is being aerated.


greenhouse heating

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 14:06

I use an electric fan heater with thermostat when it is needed, more into Spring in the North East as heating the full greenhouse would never repay you in produce. Also a heated sand bed with thermostat which is then curtained off with bubble wrap to keep the heat in the right place.
Anything too delicate goes into the conservatory for the cold months, anything hardy will be in the green house with a frost guard heater, Bubble wrap or fleece covers will keep the worst frost off them on the coldest nights and if you check you will find the floor level a few degrees warmer than on the benches.
Unless you have need to sow seed early I do not see the point of wasting heat, it takes a lot of power to heat a single glazed greenhouse even with full bubble wrap, the nursery up the road from me have commercial fan heaters and artificial sunlight lamps and the price of the plants show the cost of doing that.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 12:11

Stockton had overnight snow although once I managed to get off the drive and onto the main road it was OK.
It is now dull and looks as if more snow on the way.


Northern Light

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 11:18

Budlia63 I have seen the Northern Lights and that was from Teesside.
ICI had a refinery at what we called North Tees which was on the coast, as night shift engineer going from Billingham to North Tees on a very clear night around two in the morning, some flashes in the sky drew my eye stopping in a light free area I watched the display for around ten minutes and when I got to the refinery all the men were out watching.
I saw the display a couple more times always on a very clear night and looking North out over the North Sea and for free. My Daughter and family spent a lot of money going to Norway and never saw the display yet.
This year along the North East coast you would have seen the display although only on a couple of nights, it is not continuous from here.
Certainly a miracle to watch.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 11:06

Sorry Leggi, Stockton has boring old blue sky and sunshine, the snow is melting although still covering the lawns, we do have a warning for later but then most of the snow will have fallen on the west side of the country.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 14:35

Lizzie then a fireman's lift would be in order, some of the office girls at fire practice managed it.
Had to go out this morning driving up to Sedgefield and it is up all the way and on into Durham. It was beautiful with the white pristine fields tall hedges and trees pure white where the mist had settled and frozen. The sun was glinting off the frosted trees and lovely to see "err" from a car with air-con that is, nice toasted toes until I had to get out. Coming home nothing had shifted, the sun is sinking as I write and it gets even colder.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 10:39

Stockton frozen snow and cold mist, the sun is late up as I was then remembered the bins had to go out, It is getting brighter as I write.
Nice picture Lizzie sorry about the illness, we all had it too, as to the hay a pitch fork stuck into a bale and up on your shoulder was my way, luckily my Sons hay barn is three steps from the Stables so no problem.


Insulating Greenhouses

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 12:15

My way is to not bother hanging sheets of bubble wrap across the greenhouse windows, use just enough to cover the seed boxes plants and pots.
Make a frame or put sticks in the corner of the boxes then cover with a piece of bubble wrap, on a very cold night drape some fleece over that I also have a frost guard fan heater.
All insulators cut off some light and light is very important to growing plants so remember to lift the cover on warmer days and let some air in at the same time.
My other option is because the green house is a lean to on the garage wall a heated sand box with thermostat and shelving above on which I can fit quite a few boxes and pots, cover only that section with a curtain of bubble wrap , the rising warmth keeps the plants comfortable.
Over many years having tried all kinds of heating and insulating none of them will ever pay you back in produce, use only enough to save valuable plants or early seeds and on the first day it looks a bit bright and warmer then sow your seed, your plants will flower, produce food just a couple of days later than early sown seeds. The way to go is keep on sowing a little and often way past when the packet tells you and have late season flowers and food.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 09:37

Sunshine and high cloud here in Stockton, snow, solid ice on the road and DDD====M Cold.


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