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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 09:39

Sorry about that folk it seems you cannot move stuff from file to board without all the Greek appearing.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 09:36
<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">It is dark and dour on Teesside again

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Looks very much like we get more rain

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Probably if we get on our knees

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Someone up there will hear our pleas

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Once more that golden orb to see

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">To give our bodies some vitamin D

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">To lift the plants from a sodden slump

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Make the garden look less like a sump

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">And when we have the sun again

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">then we all will be wishing it would rain

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Frank

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"> 

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">PS the sun has just come out?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 10:58

Teesside started well with early sunshine, now clouding over and getting darker, no washing out today then. I have the grandchildren all afternoon as dad goes to football and mum shops, Both myself and the kids love being together, they know I have no rules no telling them they cannot do that, the result is no problems although I will lose my laptop whilst they are here so no posts either.


Lawn Care

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:54

Jem, lawns are labour intensive and there are no easy ways once it is neglected. Treat it as an ongoing project and you are right to get the moss off first. Now it will need spiking, depending on the size you can hire a machine that will take plugs out of your lawn or go over it with a good heavy garden fork. Press the fork tines into the lawn about six inches apart and move up and down the lawn in straight lines so you do not lose track. Have some washed sand handy and throw shovel fulls on spreading it as you throw it on then with a stiff brush sweep the sand into the spikes holes. That allows water in to the roots and air. Any bald patches you can buy repair kits in any Garden Centre which consist of seed mixed with compost or sand, you could just buy the lawn seed and mix your own. Fork over the bald patch lightly then spread the seed and compost evenly sow enough to repair the lawn and some the birds will take, to stop them put some mesh down over the patch or stretch cotton across some spikes round the patch. Let the new grass get a good hold before the first cut even if it means mowing round the patches. After care is a good feed and weed, they are all about the same twice from spring about six to eight weeks apart and water it in if dry. In Autumn after the last cut use Winter weed and feed and leave until the grass starts to grow again in spring. Then do it all again.

Hope this helps Frank.

Talkback: Primroses

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 18:59

Looking out of the bedroom window this morning the primroses edging the border looked wonderful. They are natural I was given one plant years ago and have split it year on year until there is a complete row of them all doing well. That to me is what gardening is, something for "nowt" then bring it on until you have more than you need then give them away to others.


Successful Compost

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:05

Compost needs three things, air, heat, and dampness. I have two boxes which produce lovely compost, you have to fill one whilst one rots down. When filling use a mix of waste, some twiggy cut into bits with secateurs, some soft leaf or vegetable,  some old newspaper egg boxes cardboard and if using grass clippings just a very thin layer well mixed in. I also empty old compost from pots into it. When I start again after clearing a box I lay some twiggy stuff at the base to allow air in at the bottom and the worms to rise from below. It gets turned around once a fortnight, lift the front boards out, toss it into a wheel barrow then toss it back, the boxes have plastic bags over the actual compost to keep moisture in and a lid on the box stops it getting too wet and keeps the heat in. I used my own man made effluent as a starter keeping a large bottle in the garage to store it in and it saves having to remove boots etc to go in the house and use the toilet. I mix some of that in a can of water to damp the compost if it looks dry. It can take from three months to six months depending on time of year from green waste to compost. If you are using a metal bin as many do then tip the bin out now and then mix the compost with a shovel then re bin it, this will let in the air at the same time check the dampness, too wet is no good and too dry is worse. Compost well made takes time, in my opinion all the complaints about bought compost are down to it not having enough time in the pile to rot properly.



Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:36

The best use for the newspapers Dizzilexia is to tear them up and add them your compost, they will rot down with the greenwaste and then spread that as a mulch around the plants. With what I call golden medication for plants I find it best to put a couple of spades full just round the plant roots and not waste it spreading the border, A long handled Dutch hoe is much better than mulch for weed suppressant even if you just manage to do that once a week. being retired my first job of a morning is to get the hoe out and wander round chopping the little "Ahems" heads of and it also breaks up the soil. As with all things do not add too much paper or cardboard and mix it well.


How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:39

Like Paul I am slightly long in the tooth and decided I would give up on the boards after beeb finally decided to end it all. I do have a very active interest in local History which keeps me quite busy. Out of curiosity after reading some of the comments by those who jumped ship and still reported on the old Beeb forum I did have a look see- and liked what I saw. People with queries in my fields of knowledge and so I too jumped ship. Still finding my way round and it is getting easier, I do have trouble trying to find any feed back to my posts, the Beeb had "your posts" facility which told you if there were answers, clicking on your name did the trick. Well I am here to stay and that may annoy some who know me but "hey" you cannot please them all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:24

Teesside at 09:15 is sunny after a drab start, the sun is warming my back as I write. Looking across towards the Cleveland hills it is quite dour so poor "Rain" is probably getting it in the neck yet again, it amazes me how weather can be so different two sides of the river. Looking out of the bedroom window I was greeted by my Rodo in full bloom, a full border edging of Primroses in full bloom and have been for some time. I was given one plant years ago and by dividing it year on year now have a mass of them, now that is what I call a bargain.


Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:30

Hello Brenda, we did not have this problem when we could buy peat based seed composts. Peat is not full of nutrient as home made compost is so was very good for seed setting the big growers are still allowed to use it by the way. I still at times can get hold of peat blocks and use it as a mix for setting seed. Another way is to empty last years pots into a bin and rest it then taking out small amounts and sterilising it by steaming, pouring boiling water through it or Jeye's fluid leaving it to dry in the air. All a bit of a palaver after years of just sowing your seeds into seed compost. As for wood in compost old gardeners know that wood takes a lot longer to break down than ordinary green waste, it also takes the nitrogen out of the compost or if spread as a mulch the soil something we all fell for years back when bark was introduced as a miracle mulch. I remember asking my father why he put an old tin bath of soil on his bonfires, no packaged seed compost back then and no one screamed if you lit a fire, he said he was sterilising his seed compost "Hmm", could it be possible to sneak a metal container of soil into the oven and give it thirty minutes on 180 c, we could probably slip a chicken casserole in at the same time says he whistling!


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