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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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

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.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 13:14

Nice while it lasted, here in Stockton we had blue sky and sunshine, the snow was melting at a good rate and then, black clouds and heavy snow it is heading South now and all the melt has been replaced twofold, definitely not going out in it.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:27

Stockton looks much like a Christmas card, my trees have glacial ornaments hanging from them and it all looks very pretty the downside is I had to turn the heating up.
More snow fell and then it must have been a very heavy frost as the odd car venturing out is making a crackling sound with its tyres as it passes.
Well stocked cupboards mean I do not need venture out, "whoa up" the sun is showing its face so it may not last long.

Frank.

Seed Sowing Calander

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 12:14

Sam, in my neck of the woods the North East Coastal area a calender is not much use, you go by the feel of the weather. We can have snow and ice into March some years and are two to three weeks behind the South and middle England.
There is a heated sand bed in the greenhouse but they also need light, although south facing to pick up the light it is often drab and not really good for sowing.
When we get some good clear days then on goes the sand bed and sowing begins, putting a date or time on it would not work so it is down to experience as to what is the best time.
Seed packets are a general rule as they cannot specify for every local weather condition, Scotland would be even further behind than us, patience can be a virtue in gardening.

Frank.

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