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Grow Your Own / Re: unexpected cold night
« Last post by Deborah1 on Today at 18:52 »
0 was, in fact -2 :(. Figs now have crispy leaves, despite a covering of debris netting that had been working up til now. I don't know if they'll recover enough to set a crop. My apple and cherry trees are in full blossom...don't know what that means for them? Potatoes actually ok at first glance apart from odd leaves or bits of leaf which got hit where their straw had got dislodged. The water in the watering can was frozen solid. 0 forecast for tonight now.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rain, (lack of)
« Last post by JayG on Today at 18:48 »
Anyone see the report on BBC 6 o'clock news tonight about how climate change is affecting gardeners?

One contributor suggested that it's hard to garden when you get so many days of rain followed by only the odd dry day - Hmmm!  :wacko:
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Grow Your Own / Re: Parsnip question
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 18:45 »
Yes I've done that before but not with the connecting cane, I've been wondering whether to sew a channel across the short length to thread the hoop through for stability & to stop it sagging or to thread a cane through & stick it in upright in the ground with a further piece of mesh clipped over the top so that I could climb in to weed etc. Last couple of years I've sown the parsnips & carrots lengthways down my narrow beds to make better use of the ground & netting, but this year I've gone back to short rows across the width, with the hoops I find the netting etc gets in the way of growth where it touches the ground so the rows end up shorter still.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rain, (lack of)
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 18:24 »
No more blue patches solid dark grey sky now - certainly looks like rain to come  ::) Fingers crossed  ;)

It reached us about twenty minutes ago, Mum...

It's not really a downpour, just a weak shower turning off and on...

Not expecting a flood alert tonight!
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Frugal Living / Re: COMPOSTING MATERIALS
« Last post by Fairy Plotmother on Today at 18:19 »
Chop up your toilet roll tubes too.
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Grow Your Own / Re: unexpected cold night
« Last post by victoria park on Today at 18:19 »
1.5c on Monday, down to 0.3c last night in greenhouse.
All tomatoes, chillies and assorted vulnerables under fleece for a second night, and on the ground off the shelves to give them another degree or two...... see below.

Can't move in there now, what with the early potatoes, peas, carrots, over winter lettuce, rocket and assorted brassica plants. All rather ad hoc, but it works sort of.
I need another greenhouse..





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Grow Your Own / Re: what sort fo cold can a poly tunnel hold back
« Last post by mikem on Today at 18:00 »
The real damage is done to soft leaves when frost forms on the leaves which is rapidly melted when the sun comes up. The air in the tunnel will rise gently. Not saying low temperatures will not damage plants, just saying the shade of the tunnel should lessen it.

I can remember the old timers when I was a boy would take a can and water the frost off their potatoes before dawn. I presume it worked. Does anyone still do this?
Does anyone get up before dawn, unless she is your partner! :lol:
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: husbands agggggg
« Last post by jaydig on Today at 17:57 »
My message to my crew is always that their lunch, dinner or whatever will be on the table at a specific time, and in the bin half an hour later.  They know that if they're late they won't get fed because I was brought up to know it's the height of rudeness not to be punctual unless there is a very good reason for a delay.  It seems harsh, but when several hours have been spent cooking meals, the very least invited guests can do is to turn up on time.
Needless to say, I have never had to throw food into the bin, as my family know that ours is a very relaxed home, but this is one thing I won't tolerate.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 17:53 »
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rain, (lack of)
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 17:50 »
No more blue patches solid dark grey sky now - certainly looks like rain to come  ::) Fingers crossed  ;)
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