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Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 285875Post Odsox
Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:27 pm

I know colder weather is on the way, but in a way I wish it would hurry up, well sort of.
Because it's been so mild I picked nearly 2 kilos of ripe tomatoes from the tunnel yesterday and there's more to come off of two very green healthy plants. I'm also still picking strawberries, although they are not very sweet now.

I like the fact that I can still pick tomatoes, but I would like to start eating parsnips, but they still have green leaves on them and that grass keeps growing which means I've got to get the mower out again sometime soon. And I would like those strawberry plants that are still fruiting to go dormant so that I can dig them up to force in the spring.
Ah well, I think my grandmother was probably right with her favourite saying ...

As a rule a man's a fool
When it's hot he want's it cool
when it's cool he wants it hot
always wanting what it's not
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 285876Post doofaloofa
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:03 pm

This lull in the wind is pleasant
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

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Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:34 am

I do believe we are in for cold weather this weekend. A long spell of proper cold would be decidedly bad for the slug population which is running away with itself after so much mild weather.

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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 285879Post Green Aura
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:18 am

I don't mind how cold it gets but I agree with doofa, the break in the wind is wonderful. I've woken up most mornings for the last week or two and looked out at our polytunnel with some trepidation.

It's held up thus far. :cheers:

But our strawberries are still fruiting - not ripening of course - and our neighbour was out mowing his grass just last week. This is the north coast of Scotland for heaven's sake. 58 degrees north!

Anyone have any uses/recipes for green strawberries? Are they even edible?
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

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Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:01 am

Green Aura wrote:
Anyone have any uses/recipes for green strawberries? Are they even edible?
If they are, the slugs will no doubt have them... :)

Frost here for the first time this morning, and a light coating of snow.
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Post: # 285891Post Green Aura
Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:04 am

Glorious sunshine here, for the moment, but mighty nippy!
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

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Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:23 pm

So it didn't cooperate and there's no sign of it cooperating in the foreseeable future either.
The lowest the temperature we got was one overnight low of 8c, but most nights are around 10c to 12c.
A nice stable high pressure sitting over the country for a couple of weeks would do, nice and dry to get stuck in and at least have a tidy up.
But ... the parsnips are still growing, the strawberries are still fruiting (but not ripening) and now I see the outdoor PSB have fair sized heads on them :scratch:
Green Aura wrote:Anyone have any uses/recipes for green strawberries? Are they even edible?
Yes they are edible. My missus picked several large green strawberries and dropped them into stewed apple while it was still cooking. No real flavour, but bulked out the apples a bit. Waste not whatnot.
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 285993Post Green Aura
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:24 pm

Interesting. I wonder what green strawberry chutney would be like.
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

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Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:04 am

Green Aura wrote:Interesting. I wonder what green strawberry chutney would be like.
Don't fancy the idea at all.

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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 286337Post Odsox
Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:02 am

Well we finally got a short cold snap last week, although it didn't go below 4 degrees so no frost. Now it's back to mild wet weather again.
It's very odd though, normally I post pictures of my daffodils in bloom long before anyone else has any. But this year it seems as if everyone in the UK has had daffs in bloom since early December, where mine are still just in bud.
At least my parsnips have gone dormant, and if we don't get any really cold weather we will have new potatoes in February.
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

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Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:49 pm

We have some nice deep frost here despite the sunshine. Would you like some frost Tony? Nope - on second thoughts we need it to kill the slugs.

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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 286340Post Odsox
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:15 pm

Flo wrote:Would you like some frost Tony?
No thanks Flo, I can live without it quite easily.
Funnily enough, and annoyingly, the most likely time for me to get a frost is in March when the sea temperature is at it's lowest. Just after I've planted my tomatoes. :(
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 286346Post Green Aura
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:37 pm

It's a balmy minus something here at the moment. Apparently -11 further inland last night.

I've had to put socks on.
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 286348Post Odsox
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:43 pm

Oh dear :iconbiggrin:
We are being lashed a bit by the outer edge of hurricane Alex at the moment, and it's +10 outside.
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Re: Whether the weather will cooperate

Post: # 286351Post Green Aura
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:14 pm

Oh good, it should warm up shortly then.
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