Latest posts by steephill

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 16:25

Bum sliding was nearly the end of me many years ago in the Cairngorms. We set up a 2 man "snow canoe" (large tough plastic sheet) and started poling with our paddles(ice axes) down a gentle slope singing the Banana Boat song as we went along. Of course the gentle slope soon got a lot steeper and we found ourselves hurtling down a steep icy slope. By the time we had both bailed out and deployed ice axes I was left hanging on a near vertical ice slope and couldn't get a toe hold to allow me to cut steps to get off the slope. Every time I eased the ice axe out I started sliding again.

My mate had bailed a fraction earlier onto softer snow and thankfully was able skirt the ice then cut his way across to make that crucial first toe hold for me and we both got off there safely. The skiers way below us would have been taken out like 9 pins if I had fallen, I reckon I would have hit terminal velocity on the way down. In both senses of the word! 

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:35

Lovely to see them out and about. I found one on top of the compost in one of my daleks yesterday. I need to empty out the daleks to extract the usable compost and reload the immature stuff but will wait for a warmer day to make sure the slow worms are mobile enough to get themselves out of the way temporarily. 

Plant ID

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 18:04

Maybe redcurrant?

Planting 2 Vegs together??

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:59

Try broad beans and potatoes together, they are a traditional paring with the potatoes supposedly benefiting from the nitrogen fixation by the beans. I did this last year with second early potatoes and a normal tall variety of broad bean and it worked OK for me.

Absolutely nowt to do with gardening

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:30

I scanned all of mine as they don't take up any room once they are in the computer. No need to buy a scanner nowadays of course,  just use a camera like the one in your phone and you can easily keep a permanent record.

Awaiting delivery of my first greenhouse...

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:25

First thing to think about is water. Have a source of water close to the greenhouse, either piped in with one if the plastic irrigation systems or at least have a water butt beside it which you can top up with a hose, you don't want to be traipsing up and down the garden with watering cans if you can avoid it.

What veg are you planning to grow?  Plenty of us started with tomatoes but stick with what you enjoy best. You can get early crops of strawberries in containers, salad leaves, chillies, herbs which like heat such as basil, lots of possibilities. 

Worst winter

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 12:20

'63 for me, I remember going for a family walk on Loch Lomond. Some brave/foolish lads (the Scott family who own the island?) drove a Mini over to Inchmurrin. '79 was another cold one, the diesel in buses fuel tanks would freeze while standing at the bus rank in East Kilbride so the mechanics were lighting fires under them to keep them running!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 12:15

I know what you mean about the beeches Punkdoc, one half of our garden has a line of 8 all covered by a TPO. When you walk under them in this weather what is needed is a PPO! They are wonderful trees but keep dropping bits onto the spring bulbs I am trying establish there.

Marley Common on the other side has some huge ones which move around alarmingly in the wind and close enough to take out my garage if they ever fall. Deciduous trees make a wonderful slow calendar noting the passing of the seasons.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 11:38

My back garden was on telly this week! Well not quite but we back onto Marley Common which was featured in a BBC4 programme "South Downs - England's Mountains Green". The piece on Marley was about everybody's favourite thing, poisonous snakes. It showed local wildlife rangers fitting trackers to adders. We have grass snakes and slow worms but have yet to find an adder in the garden.

The programme also showed Fernhurst Furnace, a local medieval iron works which I think Chicky visited a few weeks ago. Other interesting local (to me) topics included Blackdown, Ebernoe Common which has the most bat species in England and the ancient yew forest in Kingley Vale near Chichester. 

Well worth dipping into iPlayer to see it if you missed it.

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