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Cold frame

Posted: 30/12/2017 at 10:39

Cold frames are ideal for plants seedlings and cuttings that do not need heat, they need to be watched though as temperature can rise quickly if the sun gets on them. Ground level temperature is always a few degrees higher as covered soil will hold the heat. If the frame is against a brick wall the wall will give back heat at night too.

Mine always had a full opening top glass (old windows) that could be propped up in the morning and closed at night. In winter,  some bubble wrap or blanket would go on the top weighed down with bricks when frost was due. They do not take the place of a heated greenhouse but are very good for some plants that are not frost hardy but do not need a lot of heat.

A warning always read the seed packet or look it up in a book as some seeds need heat others do not and the heat needed to germinate can vary, it can mean the loss of seed if not heeded.


Last edited: 30 December 2017 10:41:16

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/12/2017 at 09:30

Stockton, still a covering of snow though turning to slush on the road, slightly warmer and brighter than yesterday, still lacking sunshine.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/12/2017 at 12:20

Stockton on the freezing Tees. Woke up to snow and it has been snowing the last two hours, we have a full layer and looks as if there could be even more up there in a leaden sky.



Posted: 29/12/2017 at 12:06

Paul B3, I was not taking you to task just putting another facet on the Diamond. I too was an outside man Engineering and the Military are not normally indoor activity's. Having seen the desolation of the Middle East and parts of Africa I came to appreciate our green and very pleasant land and climate, when you have seen water rationed to the last drop and no rain in nearly two years you count rain a blessing and i would go out and work in it for the simple sensual pleasure, saying that, Luneburg in winter very nearly cured me.

My Father was a real old fashioned gardener all his life and I learned at his side he would say you cannot take out more than you put in which meant hard graft gardening no short cuts he was right as modern gardeners are now finding, without the effort it does not work. That is one of the good points of this forum they are in the main Gardeners who have done it the hard way they know their way around double digging and on your knees weeding and thinning, they pass on the knowledge happily even though we know some people think it is like TV, a garden in a day? Those programmes have a lot to answer for as they never show the mass of people who really do the work.

There are many who like Doves Daughter work through the bad weather as did my Farming relatives, cows do not milk themselves at Christmas, the festivities have to fit in with the work needed to keep a farm running, we always managed to have a merry time. "Oh well" back to the goose home made stuffing our own Ham potato's and veg from the garden !!! have you gone retrograde Franky boy?? Sorry memory lane again, it will be my Daughter cooking everything from M&S though she has promised me real cabbage cooked lightly with a blob of butter and sprinkled with bacon bits. 



Posted: 29/12/2017 at 09:32

Paul B3, tongue in cheek or not you are spot on, this is an excellent gardening forum although this is the POTTING SHED and as any gardener knows who has had the privilege of sharing one a place of discussion on many and varied subjects.

Gardens are not made by deity of any description they are man made in our own image, we alter nature until the plants would not know their own roots as in Genus and not always for the best. Nature is a cruel  force where everything lives because of something else, many are Symbiotic living in harmony others live on each other. We wonder why the Bees are dying out, butterflies no longer with us and other small creatures needed for our way of living disappearing, those of us of a certain age know why, we came from a time of hay fields, natural fertilising, resting land and mixing crops that were symbiotic. These days it is mass production, modify DNA and use of dangerous chemical and yet there are still people starving in this world, the only winners are the money men.

Yes it is a gardening forum and plenty of gardening gets done, we may talk a lot, may put the world to rights in the potting shed and discuss the often unthinkable but we also hold out a helping hand share our knowledge and on the whole do as little damage as possible.

If nothing else in this world I would be proud to be called a Gardener. 



Posted: 28/12/2017 at 16:01

Dove we tend to forget that war is the mother of invention, the first world war saw it go from a static killing ground to fire and movement with tanks planes and guns synchronised to move forward. Maybe it was just four miles in the hour but it was the start of modern warfare. I have memory of twin wing planes with a single engine and thinking it was the crux of invention, six years later we had Jets, Rockets and the A Bomb, we would never of had them so quickly without the war pushing science to the limit. The Cold war certainly kick started the post war science and technology revolution and for 50 years each new move brought counter move.

The military was based on people wanting adventure, seeing new places and getting paid for doing so, the fact that stupid politicians would decide to send us into harms way never really entered our heads until it happened. The first few years I served they never even brought the bodies home, what happened to those burial grounds in Jaffa and places like that.

Most of us want to get on with our lives in as peaceful a way as possible yet watching the rise of a mad Right and crazy left militant groups trying to impose rabid ideas on those in the middle makes me think the world is crackers, and so are we for letting it happen.



Posted: 28/12/2017 at 12:09

Lyn, I hear what you say, religion is what is drummed into us, Faith is what we believe to be right and that in my case would include not causing pain to others. It is much bandied about there are no atheists in fox holes there is truth in it and I have seen tough men cry though it was usually for their mothers not for their deity.

I nursed my wife with the full help of the family for seven years before losing her nearly seven years ago your prayers are not for you but for your loved one, I attend the remembrance services and meet so many people I have known all my life, some there for their loved ones some are needing the comfort for themselves. Whatever we believe or not is a personal thing, it is definitely not something we should be fighting over whatever Holy Book we read, as with a lot of Military people we in time become pacifists and tolerant, we should all step back and think of what we do in the name of God.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/12/2017 at 10:58

Busy Lizzie with a cold blue behind they would think me a Police Car. "Sudden thought" better not bits might fall off?



Posted: 28/12/2017 at 10:35

A lot of our beliefs are imposed while we are too young to argue, we become what our parents and schools dictate. My schools were all C of E my friends were Catholic and in my day never the twain shall meet, or our parents and religious Teachers said. Of course we did at play in our free time sports and other activities. I never understood why the Girl I liked was taboo because she was not of my Parents faith, they must have had a reason. It could well have been that their schools were all religious schools and it was drummed into them. We had an hour a week of religious studies in all my schools plus having to attend Sunday School and Church. I must admit that in the army in the cold of winter and fuel shortage when Church Parade was compulsory many of us were suddenly Salvation army because they had warm stoves and we got tea sandwiches and cake.

The world is not black and white, 50 shades of grey come to mind (now where did that come from) I found that asking questions in Sunday School or Church brought the roof down on you, accept our truth or else, we see splinter groups breaking away from main theme religions and the trouble it causes. We should be careful what we teach our children is what I am saying.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/12/2017 at 10:08

Stockton again white lawns and sunshine, we have a high today off 2C so into the garden naked and frolic around. "Err" better not just realised both my neighbours are back they may faint at the sight.


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