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by Flo
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2137

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: 648

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: 911

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: 35324

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: 2137

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: 2137

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: 702

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: 35324

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...
by Flo
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1654

Re: Weather forecast

Cheer up they did a red one for Storm Desmond in 2015 - we know about him as they had inshore lifeboats up the main street of the county town of Northumberland rescuing people from the floods when the river got out there. It was equally interesting here but I live just far enough from the river to n...
by Flo
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1654

Re: Weather forecast

Anyone who's short can have some of our plenty up here in Northumberland. It's close the schools weather as buses and pupils all seem to be stranded in the garage/at home.
by Flo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1654

Re: Weather forecast

I dare say that none of the weather forecasts will suit as there's snow in the south east of the UK.
by Flo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wheelbarrow tyre containers
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Wheelbarrow tyre containers

I have some car tyres with flowers in but wouldn't use them for food growing. I also think as does Green Aura that wheelbarrow tyres are too small to be really useful as they won't be deep enough for root growth or wide enough for plants to spread.
by Flo
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Snowman pumpkin
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Snowman pumpkin

If you click this link, scroll down and click on the growing advice tab you'll find everything I know about these pumpkins. And March is much too early to sow, end of April soon enough. Indoors or greenhouse to start.
by Flo
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mulch suitability
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Mulch suitability

It'll be acid so I'd use round things that like ericaceous compost (blueberries, Azaleas, rhododendrons and such) or use on your paths. I'd say it would cause damage where you are thinking of using it as those aren't things that do well with acid soil.
by Flo
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Snowman pumpkin
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Snowman pumpkin

I've done them and the family liked them. They were easy enough to look after as well.