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by Odsox
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 399

Re: Storm Dylan?

Tractors and cars should be doubly OK because they are insulated from the ground by rubber tyres A lightning strike is typically around 3,000,000 volts per metre. A rubber tire is not even going to slow it down. Agreed, but the downward negative stroke is attracted to upward earthed positive stroke...
by Odsox
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 399

Re: Storm Dylan?

That was the point I was making, albeit rather flippantly - I still think not having direct contact to metal e.g via an old-fashioned tractor seat might be quite important though. No you missed the important bit GA, inside a Faraday Cage you are protected from lightning because the electricity flow...
by Odsox
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 399

Re: Storm Dylan?

You're right KL, it's called a "Faraday Cage". I use exactly the same for my amateur radio as my radio room is an old caravan that I built a shed around. It's the continuous aluminium body of the caravan though (not the shed) that works as a Faraday cage, it keeps a lot of radio interferen...
by Odsox
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden diaries
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Garden diaries

Have you guys ever thought of publishing? It would make very interesting reading Yes, we "sort of have" done that, although to be fair it's not easy to get to, and it hasn't really been updated lately, but there are articles on all sorts of things on our "front page" or "bl...
by Odsox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden diaries
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Garden diaries

I've slightly longer than 12 years in the growing business Well yes, me too, and that's why I'm relying on my diaries even more. :scratch: Let me expand on my previous reason for starting those diaries. I spent about 40 years growing fruit and veg in west Kent and got that down to a fine art, like ...
by Odsox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden diaries
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Garden diaries

I just started a new 2018 garden diary on my computer. That starts my 12th year of record keeping, which is so useful that I'd be lost without them. I started them when I got my first polytunnel as it was all guesswork as to when I could sow various vegetables, so that if (when) I got it wrong one y...
by Odsox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 399

Re: Storm Dylan?

Dylan was not a problem here, just a breezy day. I agree with DnD about January though, the forecast for here is very windy again for Tuesday and Wednesday, peaking at 65 mph. Just means I have to make sure the tunnel doors are firmly closed. No fancy modern buses here either, just local mini-buses ...
by Odsox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Being self sufficient in 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 3020

Re: Being self sufficient in 2017

My To Do list is pretty much just jottings as to where I'm going to grow the stuff in my tunnels. It's quite complicated as I do a 4 year rotation (where possible) and have to have it planned so that every space has something growing in it at all times. So when something is finished there's somethin...
by Odsox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Being self sufficient in 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 3020

Re: Being self sufficient in 2017

Well yes, but you must remember it's "June" for Wombat, I'm sure I'll be a busy bee in 6 months time.
At the moment the only things likely to get ticked if I had a To Do list would be, "Survive Christmas" and "Keep out of the wind and rain" :lol:
by Odsox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Gardening Indoors
Replies: 6
Views: 207

Re: Gardening Indoors

You can't beat indoor gardening, especially on a day like today.
That looks a nice growing area with plenty of height for at least on tomato. :lol:
Plus what looks like a Valor paraffin heater to keep it all warm.
by Odsox
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 50
Views: 7747

Re: It's that time of year again ...

My goodness this tomato really does want to grow. :shock: I put the saved seeds in water to ferment off the coating and I admit they were left one day (actually half a day) longer than they should, but when I went to dry them this morning, every one had/has a 1/4" root shoot. So I shall be pott...
by Odsox
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello everyone!!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Hello everyone!!

Hello Albert, welcome to the forum. :wave:
by Odsox
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Spring?
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Spring?

Same here.
The blackbird and thrush are now having a singing contest at dusk as well as dawn.
Still singing while I type and it's almost dark (17:10)
I think I must have slept through the festive season and it actually the end of February.
by Odsox
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 50
Views: 7747

Re: It's that time of year again ...

Well today was the taste test for the "new" tomato. It has a very full tomato taste, with sweetness and a touch of acidity, very nice given the time of year and the total lack of sunshine for ages. One useful trait is that it seems it will stay on the plant for some time after it ripens wi...
by Odsox
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Just before ...
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Just before ...

Umm, it's only the 22nd !! Is it the norm now to be paralytic between now and the 2nd of January? :lol: Anyway, seasons greetings to all of you from all of us, which should just about cover everybody. :santa: PLUS ... a special seasons greetings and a BIG thank you to all the loyal Ish members who h...

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