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by Odsox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1561

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Quite so, in fact down here the recognised time to plant early potatoes is the 1st of March and start harvesting them on the 1st of June.
Certainly didn't happen this year though.
by Odsox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1561

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Back to spring today :cheers:

The bumble bees have woken up and have found my greenhouse, just as my apricot tree has started blooming.
Saves me getting my tickling stick out today.
by Odsox
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1561

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Spring has most definitely sprung back down here. I've just been looking at my last year's diary and noted that my Mirabelle started blooming on the 15th of February and although it has fat buds on it there are certainly no flowers out (thank goodness) Also noted that the wild cherry was in bloom on...
by Odsox
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Anyone growing Satsumas?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Would you please specify what exactly temperature they need to grow faster? Not really. It grew in my big unheated greenhouse where winter temperatures dropped to around 3 - 5 degrees C and mid summer temperatures up to 30 C. It had to put up with whatever temperature the other plants needed as the...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1561

Re: Has Spring sprung?

That's the problem here too Flo.
Up until 2 weeks ago Ireland hadn't had a dry week for 7 months and then it was frosty, so nothing dug ready.
Thank goodness for the greenhouses and tunnels.
by Odsox
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 1561

Re: Has Spring sprung?

It certainly feels like it here ... for the moment.
It's been above 10 C overnight for a couple of days now and I've been planting up seedlings in the tunnel. But I have no idea when I can start planting my potatoes outside as I haven't even managed to dig the plot yet.
by Odsox
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread flour question
Replies: 20
Views: 1271

Re: Bread flour question

OK, back to normal and I think I will stick to what I know.
Using the flour I normally use I can make bread on autopilot.

2 white and 2 wholemeal/brown
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by Odsox
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 33359

Re: Banish Plastic

Flo wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:58 am
it was reported that the world is running out of sand.
How on earth can we be running out of sand when the Sahara is full of the stuff?
Or is it the wrong sort of sand like the British Rail's wrong sort of snow?
by Odsox
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: German supermarkets in Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 706

German supermarkets in Ireland

It's amazing how little market research they do, Lidl especially. A few years ago they were selling bare rooted fruit trees in late April, probably fine for Germany, but in Ireland all the fruit trees had bloomed and were carrying small fruitlets by then. This week is a classic though, Lidl are sell...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost protection
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Frost protection

I cleared out a closed garden centre a few years ago on the understanding that I could keep whatever I wanted. I did keep loads of stuff and one of them was a quantity of frost protection fleece. I've never used it for that purpose and was never really convinced that it's any good, but I've certainl...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Weather forecast

We had a red one for hurricane Ophelia, which proved to be correct as 2 people lost their lives. Lucky you GA with your tropical temperatures, it has just struggle to reach +0.5 here and will probably start dropping again soon. We did have some pretty snow flurries every now and again which relieved...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Weather forecast

For goodness sake, it's -2.5c at the moment, minus two point five!!
That's by far the coldest it's been down here since we moved here in 1994.

Plus there is some mysterious white stuff on the ground.
I think I'll go back to bed until it goes away :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Weather forecast

Not too sure what's going to happen here in the far south west.
Storm Emma is due to clobber us on Friday, with either snow turning to rain or snow turning to more snow, depending on who you listen to.
Either way it's not going to be nice.
by Odsox
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Weather forecast

Well I'm pleased that I held off starting my maincrop tomatoes. It looks like this cold weather is going to last for some time, and I would have had to put them in my large heated cloche affair, along with all the other tender stuff, like peppers and aubergines etc. It's quite big, but not that big....
by Odsox
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 17
Views: 6929

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

I would guess it's Brown Turkey, that's the really old European variety ... in fact I think it was the ONLY European variety until fairly recently. I have one and your fruit looks just like mine in colour and size.