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Grow Your Own / Re: Green Manure vs no dig
« Last post by yorky on Today at 22:07 »

Each to their own of course but I'd much rather have something in the ground cultivating the soil rather than hiding it under plastic!
I completely agree with this. We have just had one of the driest summers on record. To now cover your soil with something that prevents the winter rains from soaking in would be just asking for trouble.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Super Summer!!
« Last post by arh on Today at 21:43 »
You're about right there JayG, There are no FIT payments now and the bottom has dropped out of the solar panel market, which is why no-one is bothering anyone with pesky phone calls any more. I had ours put in in December/January 2012/2013 and there was a price drop in April I think. We also paid around 8000 and I keep a check and record each quarters output and payment, but I haven't bothered totaling etc. The main benefit is that the electricity/gas bill is, (on average),less than half price as we try to do as much as possible when the "tick" is on, we have a "smarty type meter" which shows how much we are generating and produces a "tick" when we are generating more than 75 watts, and an all electric kitchen (induction). Personally, if I ever moved again, which I won't until one of us is dead, I would probably do it all again.
Child has worked out how to use the thermostat. Battle is now drawn and I shall triumph.
Cold and wet out, need to get any digging done pretty soon before the soil is waterlogged.
Grow Your Own / Re: New garden/ field start
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 20:03 »
Little and often as they say!
Chatting on the Plot / Re: It's the Autumn Equinox
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 20:01 »
tomorrow, exactly half day and half night, half way between mid-summer and mid-winter.
Although, as the heating turned itself on today, It feels nearer to winter to me  ::)  :D

Time to carry on preserving food for winter and to think about starting on those crafty jobs for the mid-winter festival that we aren't allowed to mention yet  :lol:


Chatting on the Plot / Re: Dreading it !!!
« Last post by grinling on Today at 18:39 »
will check out their website,only suffer about twice a year
My heating has clicked on now  :(  Mrs Bouquet
Grow Your Own / Re: New garden/ field start
« Last post by John on Today at 16:57 »
thanks for the replies / advice.  Don't want use any chemicals or use machinery fuel or paid labour. Soil looks good though grass and weeds are thriving. I think under estimated size its 400 big strides long by 400 or so side big strides wide.   will have to get It sorted for 2nd year here. First year will be a bonus what I can get out of it.
Assuming you pace at 0.9 metres, you're saying you have 30 acres? i.e. 400 x 0.9 = 360 metres. 360 x 360 = 129,600 M2 or 32 acres! That's like 500 full size allotments. By hand? Good luck with that! :)
Grow Your Own / Re: Apple expert needed.
« Last post by CHRISDONOHUE on Today at 16:36 »
From the shape, flat but bulbous, it is much more likely to be a Bramley than a Grenadier which is a much more rounded shape.   Grenadiers have largely green skin without the red tinges a mature Bramley possesses.   The large tree size, vigorous growth, large apple size and heavy cropping indicates a Bramley but badly-grown trees could lack these distinctives.   Make sure you give the tree sufficient room and remove crossing and any diseased or dead branches, otherwise a mature tree needs little other care.
Yes, we also have rain and feeling cold @ 12C, my heating HAS clicked on *sigh*

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