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by Flo
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: Hops

Three things will happen - they will grow, they will thrive and you will have so many you'll be trying to give them away or they will do what other trials do (fail with joyous abandon).
by Flo
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: Hops

They will be fine if you have good shelter from wind.
by Flo
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 34083

Re: Banish Plastic

Yep when we lived on the farm when I was young there were cellars used to stock preserved veg - those kilner jars were hand me downs and essential to the way of life as were the long low benches for storing apples in straw. Nowadays we all live in smaller houses without the storage space or cellars ...
by Flo
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

It's supposed to rain heavily all day here followed by rain, sleet and snow through to end of play Wednesday. When the weather gets better and warmer it will be a quagmire under foot at this rate. Just as I had got the allotments all ready to plant out as well.
by Flo
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Ah the first planting date for spuds around here is St Patrick's Day. That didn't happen this year either. :mrgreen:
by Flo
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Sheesh KL May is well into our growing season here. Start mid March and with any luck run through to late sowings of cash crops start of October.
by Flo
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

The lifeboat station at Amble posted an interesting video of the sea at their station. To think we lived about one minute from there and the oldest girl worked at the chip shop next door while she was at college.

This isn't spring yet.
by Flo
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

We have icing sugar snow rather thick and lying with a wicked east north east wind adding a chill factor of -8 or thereabouts today. Underneath the soil is sodden from previous heavy rain and snow. KL I think that we both have the remnants of winter hanging on. Planting may well be April outside.
by Flo
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Mints
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Mints

I have an old cold frame type construction made of wood that was used for storage as the previous tenant on the allotment didn't have/couldn't afford a shed. It's been filled with home made compost over the years and now contains peppermint, chocolate mint, apple mint, Moroccan mint, an odd variegat...
by Flo
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Sharpe's Express
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: Sharpe's Express

They must be popular around here - none of the garden centres stock them.
by Flo
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 34083

Re: Banish Plastic

Running out of sand

And another

And a third on how we are

Interesting thought - keep all your plastic containers and such as they could be come valuable.
by Flo
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

It's a case of anything planted outside at the moment needs to be aquatic. My spuds can't swim. My winter onions drowned and I have to start again.
by Flo
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Has Spring sprung?

There was a definite frost this morning. But also gentle breezes and warm sunshine the rest of the day so far. Of course, just as you are hoping for the ground to dry out the forecast for tomorrow is ... very wet.
by Flo
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost protection
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Frost protection

Good stuff fleece but not if there's strong wind.
by Flo
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 34083

Re: Banish Plastic

I believe that there is a lot of emphasis put on us, the end consumer, with regards to butting down on plastic and not enough on the supply chain. On the other hand, I have a lot of plastic food containers which have lasted me for at least eight years and are still going strong. They came inexpensiv...