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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 22:41

Hollie and Rain, it got darker by the minute and around fiveish down it came, we got the deluge promised earlier, around half an hour of solid rain then eased off to a steady downpour.
Hope it emptied the sky as I am over your side of the Styx tomoorow Rain.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:20

Jo, that was lucky if it had been glass it would probably have shattered.
We had sun all day up to four then it came in dark and we got a few spots of rain, must have been the edge of someone elses deluge, it is dry out there now.


Compost Problems

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:58

My compost bins grow potato's usually from skins? they find their way through a plastic cover and a wooden lid, I find them waving about like Union jacks at the Olympics.
We know figrat that Air Heat and Moisture make good compost plus a sensible mix whilst making the heap. Heat is the main factor which is why Green waste compost can be ready in four weeks they pile it high and turn it often.
I throw one of my piles into the barrow every couple of weeks then shake it back in with a large fork, you can feel the heat and see it steaming in summer. As it goes back I damp it not wet it, with my magic man made milk bottle mixture added to a watering can with a spray nozzle then cover and leave.
You may have used it too soon or it has not had enough moisture, it possibly has not been hot enough which happens with small bins and standing them in a warm sheltered place helps, hiding them in dark places with no sun will not help make compost. Such compost is normally used as a mulch or top dressing, I never use it in seed trays. I do use it in refilling pots mixed with loam and grit.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 10:27

Not to worry Joe, I will shoot anyone I see doing a rain dance!
Our weather in Stockton according to this site (see headings at top of page for yours) says light rain, well since seven this morning it has been wall to wall sunshine and I am now heading out into it to top up the tan, "oh" and probably work, maybe, we will see.
I would defy any forecaster including us old hands to forecast our local micro climate weather, there are too many variables in our rather unique position on the map, we can have rain one side of the Tees and a heat wave the other, all in a couple of miles. That of course when the North Sea behaves itself.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 14:17
Rainjustlearning wrote (see)

24.2c in the garden not much in the way of sunshine at all yet but I'm hopeful,  stifling hot and heavy but there's a nice cooling breeze but far to hot to garden,  some suspicious grey clouds over your side of The Styx Frank lets hope the breeze will blow them away

You got your wish Rain, the clouds blew over and we got blue sky and sunshine.
I was sitting on Norton Green eating my steaming hot bacon sandwich from the butcher on the corner of the green, enjoying the light breeze ruffling the leaves on the old Oak next to me from which I knocked down conkers so many years ago.
So noisy then with us kids so quiet now, no children just the sound of cars on the High Street, still it was peaceful until a woman sat down on the same bench and then ensued a lengthy conversation on her phone loud enough for you to hear 10 miles away, I got up and walked to the next bench and wondered if she got the message?


Horse manure

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 11:32

Horse manure needs to rot down as it contains all kinds of seeds and things that will flourish if put on the ground now. My Son with the farm and horses has an ongoing heap with fresh droppings going on the front end and the manure now well rotted at the back is two years old soft dark crumbly in the hand and sweet smelling.
Mixed with loam or compost it is lovely stuff though most gets spread on the paddocks when they are resting, I pinch the odd sack.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 11:24

Teesside, today we have weather? Looking out it defies analysis, all kinds of cloud, the sun breaking through then vanishing N-S-E-W all looks the same.
Will it rain? will the sun finally make it? for once I cannot see the way things are going where as normally you can see what is coming at you around here.
"oh well" pot luck day just like tea will be tonight.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:53

Gary, as I said we are a diverse lot as gardeners, one mans garden another mans jungle or woman come to that.
I have a large front lawn, open from the house to the pavement with some trees on it, because I am on a corner with the road falling away the south end is nearly twice as long as the north end, that is east facing. I replaced a messy plot to the south side of the house with a lawn a year or so back 1) because as you get older the work gets harder if there is a lot of it 2) the front and side lawns are cut once a fortnight, never to bowling green length and the whole job takes one hour from start to clean up, good exercise, fill your lungs with good salty air, and nothing wasted it all goes to green waste and comes back as free bags of compost, we have a good council.
The back is garden a complete contrast to the front and that is the way I like it as over the years with many and very different gardens I found what pleases me and there is only me to please these days.
I have views Gary from the front across the valley to the Cleveland Hills, to the east I can see across the woods out to the coastal weather front to the back across open gardens too see the planes almost onto the runway at the local airport, from my house I am onto country lanes open fields and vista's into the Vale of York.
I love Carol to bits and like nosing round her garden on TV but could not live with it, too cluttered and she has screened the views with trees. MD's garden looks nice although the only open bit appears to be the cricket pitch which was fairly closed in, it is OK but I would be opening up areas in no time if I took it over.
Some of us love space others to be closed in, they wrap the garden around themselves like a blanket I throw the blanket off, give me open space.
The wild life here flourishes without too much help because it is open country, I empty a lot of seed from the feeders into the bin as I refresh them they get used but more so in winter than summer. As I said in the first post we are all different with differing needs and I love my lawns which are fed feed and weed in spring when it is going to rain or actually raining and winter feed and weed in Autumn along with a good raking and some aerating, that is good for the lawn fitness and mine. The front has never had a hose on it but I confess to watering the side lawn once when we had a heat wave but then I was also watering everything else in the garden, no shortage of water around here we even export it.
Lawns are restful lets face it every bit of gardening is hard work no matter what you do with it, it is also often heartbreaking hence some of the questions on these forums, we find our level and stick with it, gas guzzling lawns? a new one on me, it will be gas guzzling tomato's next, you can buy them cheaper than growing them, but you cannot buy the taste.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:20

Teesside did have weather over the weekend but we also had the Olympics, writing up the weather was not a priority.
Today is sunny and warm although hazy, I cannot see the hills across the valley but they do not look sullen.
After listening to all those old rockers who should retire gracefully I need some fresh air, hello garden good by Olympics.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 09:16

Bob Flowerdew a Gardener I have watched on TV and read his articles published in weekend papers has suddenly come out against lawns,"worse than driving a gas guzzling vehicle" he proclaims. Now I respect his views although having seen his garden on TV years back where he had old carpets laid out on parts of it supposedly for a year to suppress weeds and his containers coming in what most of us would weigh in at the scrap yard I was not too impressed with the look of it.
We gardeners are a varied bunch and at times you can imagine the owner by just looking at the garden something I often did when dog walking and peering over fences, it is surprising how often first thoughts are correct, we like order in various degrees.
As a lad when a surge of new build happened in our village the houses all had a front lawn with low wall to contain it and the back garden was a working garden with a clutch of hens, vegetables, fruit bushes, and anything else that would feed the family over the seasons and produce food to bottle or make jam. The front lawn was the posh bit, thou shalt not walk upon it, hand mowed trimmed with scissors in places it showed your place in society, well we were the posh end of the village!
Over the years as new estates went up the lawn became the playing fields that had been there before the houses were built. Lawn back and front, the front still kept neat the back no longer producing food the clutch of hens long gone was the football swing slide dads garden shed retreat and Mun's drying area, the lawn was for recreational safety of the children.
Then came the make over years ugly decking gravel paved areas hot tubs and anything else the trendies could sell people plus of course the "Trampoline", a quiet Sunday afternoon sit in the garden became a mesmerizing glimpse of heads shooting up beyond the fence as they became airborne and it was not always the kids.
Even as a kid where the garden small holding was a working area, Dad had a small strip of lawn where on warm summer nights we would put some folding chairs and sit watching the sun go down, lawns you see are for contemplating, resting your eye's whilst planning next years changes, they give a sense of peace, let you wind down, so Bob although you are getting your wish, with three or four cars most front lawns are now gone and bricked or concreted over, one gas guzzler is being replaced with more, keep your lawns get rid of the gas guzzlers. I rest my case.


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