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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: update
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2016, 01:05:34 am »
I plan on sowing my tomatoes this week. Just been given a heated propagater  :excited: :excited: 

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: update
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2016, 09:16:48 am »
My conservatory is like a heated greenhouse. The weather here is warm and sunny and i have planted my mauntout into big pots with canes; my rocket i am transplanting into large containers. Sowing again this month and then seed shopping later on this week after drs appointment. Cant wait, growing season is my fave :excited:
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: update
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2016, 10:21:14 am »
Ditto with my sunroom.. except that 15 feet of windowsill is alead covered in trays and some have to go out to the cold house to make room for new germinations... there's 5 trays out there already and a huge pot of leek seedlngs...
I don;t like thinning or transplanting so stuff gets done in modules or 3" pots as appropriate and that's sveeral batches to get my needed 100+ sweetcorns lets alone later when i start off the different beans.
Peas, though i direct sow under chickenwire tunnels that then get one side lifted up and staked as the climbing frame.
I pruned out the grapes last week and ahve some cuttings in water too..might stick some new plants up on one of the sopes. grow enough and the wildlife might leave me some.

Edit:.. and that's the spuds planted..I'm knackered now but I did keep it down ..just 10kg seed pots: pentlan javelin, king edwards and Rooster. They're better off outside under 6" soil tha on a  shelf in the barn. Also got most of the rotorvating done for the onion sets (4-500).

I thought I;d bought 100 sweetcorn seeds but looks like it might hav ebeen 200.. so that'll be fun...keep the pheasants happy.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2016, 12:54:00 pm by pgkevet »

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: update
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2016, 11:49:54 pm »
I was amazed to see that the automatic opener on my greenhouse had the vent half open. I knew it was warmer but hadn't realised it was that much warmer. I can cope with this.

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: update
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2016, 12:43:19 am »
I'm  burning a single 2 " x 8 " long , 24 hour homemade candle each night   in the greenhouse to keep the frost off things ( they're made from scrap candle wax & set in a safety device ).

So far it's working well , despite one night when it dropped to minus 7 oC outside for several hours
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: update
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2016, 01:05:00 pm »
..and that's 2 Kg of onion sets put in....

..my back hurts now..

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: update
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2016, 09:07:30 pm »
I used to do that till my spine protested far too much far too often too.

 You need one of my " Dave's onion set planter "  set up's.

 It consists of a full length broomstick and a 3/4 inch or so dia tube about 45 inches long .
Mine is currently  (  22 mm ? ) white plastic electrical electrical conduit .
 
 Put an old jacket , on fill your favourite pocket with sets and walk to the onion bed with the broom stick & the tube .

 Poke 1 &1/2 to 1& 3/4  inch deep holes along a string line with the broom stick &  use the tube to slide a set down the tube.........putting them down the tube root first into the hole .

Wrapping a bit of tape round the end of the broom stick to indicate the right depth is workable so is  adding a small screwed on block of wood at the right place .

 Finish off couple of rows , then use a spring back rake to lightly cover the sown sets .

 You can also use the broom stick and clean tube idea to sow all manner of seeds direct into or upon  the open ground , just make sure the inside of the tube is clean & dry so the seeds don't stick to it ..  I found a 45 inch length of 15 mm copper water pipe was best .
« Last Edit: March 15, 2016, 09:11:33 pm by cloddopper »
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: update
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2016, 09:33:55 pm »
I usually just use a Fiona.. easier still than a tube. I just provide moral support and pass handfulls of sets/seeds/plants etc. Unfortunately I'm having minor surgery end of the week on both arms and won't be able to get grubby for a couple fo weeks after so getting these jobs done.

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: update
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2016, 09:49:04 pm »
Best of luck with the surgery & a hope for your speedy recovery.

I've had my replacement left knee joint cancelled four times since November 2015 , the consultant and anesthetist who were booked for it have both retired.

Reason given each time , "We don't have a bed available "  , always told this only an hour or so before I was to travel to be be admitted to the ward.

 Had a new younger orthopedic surgeon fresh guy look at me on Monday .  it's a goer again. Am now  booked for a session with a new younger anesthetist in a fortnight s time.
Strong belief , triggers the mind to find the way ... Dyslexia just makes it that bit more amusing & interesting

pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: update
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2016, 05:45:37 am »
I had a major procedure some 25+yrs ago and decided after that to take out private cover. Not cheap and done by the same folk but you don't get messed about quite as much.
Friday's job is just a day thing.

There are some real pressure issues on the NHS..mostly to do with poor coordination between sub sections.. the hospital, social services etc all dumping on each other to save their budgets. As in can't discharge this old peson without a home assessment and a care worker and transport etc so the bed gets log-jammed.
Plus if you keep delaying someones work then there's a chance they'll croak of old age and not need it...

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: update
« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2016, 12:08:48 am »
I like the cynical approach it reflects the situation very well .
Strong belief , triggers the mind to find the way ... Dyslexia just makes it that bit more amusing & interesting

MAK

  • Joined Nov 2011
  • Middle ish of France
    • Cadeaux de La forge
Re: update
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2016, 08:49:46 pm »
Gardening is out for my mate as he needs a knee op. He saw his GP who injected fluid into the joint 3 times over 6 weeks. No improvement so the GP referred him to a surgeon and an op was scheduled 6 weeks from referral. He saw the surgeon, nurse and had bloods  and assessment all on the same day plus agreed his post op physio and ergonomics plan at that visit. Simple one stop medicine and responsible health economics. Rehab is amazing here in France and is freely available either at home or specialist rehab centres with other multiple therapies such as physio, ergo and psycho. Inpatient stay includes film nights. Visits from folk musicians and an art session each week - all to help you along onto the road of physical recovery. oh meals in a rehab unit are served at the table. Starter, main, cheese, dessert, coffee and a large tumbler of wine. Family can eat for 7 €   Car parking is always free.
NHS has a lot to learn.
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: update
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2016, 10:52:46 pm »
No wonder my son decided to make his home in France. He's just bought a piece of a castle.

 

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