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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 11:08

Chris Maud Pam glad someone worries about me, thanks for that.
While the drops are doing their work they look at your feet so imagine me sitting on the couch wriggling like a big girls blouse with my eye's shut whilst the Nurse tickled my feet. I got top marks for circulation and touch and she told me many much younger people did not have either.
Warm and sunny today on Teesside the box has it right, not bad one out of seven, who would be a forecaster.
Sewage in the sea is a thing of the past up here although muck spreading can overpower the roses at times, it is late this years as the harvest is not in yet.


Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 10:57

David I usually agree with you but you missed the bit that said wall mounted, the only time it was below freezing was a while back when we had three months of snow and ice. I have a warming cable sand box with thermostat and cover it with bubble wrap when in use. True in summer I sometimes need the fan.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 00:29

Teesside was sunny though cloudy this morning and early afternoon then it came in dull and cold. I was out most of the day and this afternoon had to visit the Retinopathy to have my eye's firstly attacked with eye drops that felt like acid then burnt out by what seemed like a million watt light to take photo's of the eye, glad to say I now have my sight back.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 00:21

I did watch with some doubt although suitably surprised there were no big errors. The Fordson Tractor in our area on the normal farms was a rarity, although various types of singe cylinder models did exist, it was still mainly steam for threshing and hauling the large roots out of the ground as trees were cleared. When the tractor did arrive we removed the plugs each night and put them on top of the range that never went out, drained the float chamber and next morning filled the float with petrol out of the small tank fired it up with a couple of swings and when warm changed over the paraffin.
Never saw one of those parafin stoves apart from the Army we had the big black range which burnt what ever we had going plus a gas oven.
The black outs were a light wood frame and tar paper plus curtains in the bedrooms and over doors with plenty of loose cloth at the bottom to stop draught and keep the light in. We mainly used gas light though did have a single electric lamp in each room and of course the Radio.
What they did not show was that all spare ground was dug up including parks playing fields common land and even the verges outside houses, they were planted up with food items, millions of people provided a good amount of their own food also keeping a few chicken and a pig, we had a small holding so had quite a few fowl and animals.
I certainly have no memory of night ploughing probably because we had German Bombers flying in over the coast to go inland Bombing the Northern city's then flying back out over us dropping any spares they had left over on us.
Just to add we in the North also had flying bombs, the Germans flew near the coast and released them one did fall less than a mile from us.
Tell Ruth you changed gear at the halt.


Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 23:59

Tootles, I bought a Robinson that size 27 years ago and apart from putting some extra vents in the side (it is wall mounted South facing) has given perfect service.
Good solid aluminium frames, thicker glass and full frame glazing bars. It is up there with the more expensive GH's but in the middle price class there are some very serviceable ones. The full glazing bar glass fixings are what to look for as the ones with clips blow out with high winds.
I do not have soil just paves up the centre and gravel on plastic each side, the tomato pots sit on the gravel which holds the moisture and I find the roots are into the gravel as I clean up after the tomato's are over.


Soil or Compost??

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 14:52

Mrs M, fill your bed with general compost then top it off with John Innes which does have soil or loam in its mix.
If you use a rotation system, yes even in a small bed you can self fertilise using beans peas that add Nitrogen down to a handful of lime for the cabbages and greens. Moving crops round in the bed also rests it from one crop planting which can in time add to any diseases. Work it so you have a small amount of any crop being ready on say a weekly basis that way you do not have waste or be eating one thing for every meal.
Having worked at ICI the use of chemical fertiliser does not worry me as long as it is used sparingly.


tomato blight in greenhouse

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:44

Jen when all around me have had blight the last few years I have not had any, I put it down to everything being in pots on gravel with no soil in the borders.
Each year I use a power washer which will take a soap wash and soap it all over then up the power and wash every bit of glass gravel and pave, an hour well spent.
It is a wall mounted greenhouse on a South facing wall so I put in extra vents and also use a fan when needed, of course I am retired so can be there to do what is needed people working can only take a chance on leaving vents and doors open or a fan on a thermostat, costly probably but better than losing your crop.
The blight is windblown and can strike in hours, once it hits take out the plants and burn or green waste them and you may save some of the other plants, no guarantee although worth a try.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:24
lovetogarden wrote (see)

Nr Lincoln.

Glorious day here, lovely sunshine, makes you feel good.

I have decided I'm going to have more Hardy Fuchsias next year, as you say Frank they have done really well and are so easy to look after.


They come in so many colours now Chris so you can mix and match and they fill the place you plant them, insects like them too so a good reason to put more in.
The box came good around twelve when some cloud came in from the west heading out to sea so although hot, it will not be the hottest day, "oh well" enjoy it whilst we have it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 10:09

Stockton on Tees partly cloudy that is the oracle of the box! No, we have blue sky in every direction and it has been since before seven this morning. At least it makes me smile when the experts get it wrong.
Garden got a clean up yesterday and the green house sorted out, the garden is full of colour and the Hardy Fuschia's are full of flowers and growing for England, not all plants dislike wet summers. The Golden privet, three free standing bushes trimmed six weeks ago need another trim already, they usually have two trims a year this year it will be the fourth one, plenty of damp at the roots.
Windows open and still too warm so this could be the hottest day for us.



Posted: 04/09/2012 at 12:02

As long as the soil is warm you can treat them as if potting on.
Take plenty of soil round the root-ball or gravel it does not matter, it will give drainage in the new position, plant, firm in and water.
I would put some into pots in case of a hard winter as back up, belt and braces is always good in gardening.


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