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Better late than never ?

Post  plantoid on 8/26/2012, 6:11 pm

I've not been around to put up a beginning of the month page for a while due to a family breavement and my recent holiday.

Today :-
Just after we collected the mutt out the kennels we stopped off at a garden centre to get a couple of kilo of slug pellets as the Nemasys nematode slug control has sold out beyond belief ( It really works ) .
Nemasys apparently have said they cannot make extra batches this year due to their laboratory production scheduling being chock a block for the farming industry products .

As far as I know we took the sunshine along with us on our holiday and brought it back . Evidently it has rained hard most days and for long periods at that.
Nothing in the glass house has ripened despite numerous tomatoes reaching a good two inches in diameter.
As a result of the weather I think the slugs in the gardens think they are in their seventh heaven judging by the numbers and sizes I've found in the flower beds as I weeded them this afternoon

Whilst we were in the garden centre we found some " starts " ... they being three inch high weedy excuses for strapping spring cabbage plants .

With veg prices already hitting record highs , I was told that a three inch cauli is going for around £ 1.50 because of the lousy UK weather this year . So I purchased two six packs of them as my home grown crops have grown so big they have shaded out & killed off the spring cabbage seeds I sowed a week before I went on holiday ( Found I have 14 plants not 12 ...HEE HEEEE )

Those of you with a mind to , might like to ensure you have penty of starts for as many crops as you dare contemplate growing . This lousy weather is going to make growing at home really worth while till at least late spring next year.

I'm too late for any more carrots ,swedes, parsnips and beet roots but with 45 sq ft of them in various stages of growth I might just be using them instead of potatoes .
I've also decided to go for broke in putting as many veg as possible in the freezer . I knew I should have got some SQFG'ers to helpme buy one of those " Big All American Pressure Canners and a decent canning hand book when I had the cash to spare.

I have just been given a prezie of small 240 volt 3 amp generator that runs on petrol ...handy to have so I can keep the freezer frozen if needed if we have power cuts that may result due to prolonged higher food prices .
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Re: Better late than never ?

Post  donnainzone5 on 8/27/2012, 12:49 pm

Plantoid,

I admire your foresight concerning the weather.

Just the other day, I read that the Greenland ice sheet had a huge melt-down last month. According to the article, the last time anything of such magnitude occurred was in 1889. Generally, dumping such large amounts of cold water into the Gulf Stream slows it and produces very cold weather in Europe.

Interestingly, the winter of 1889-90 was one of the coldest ever here in the Pacific Northwest.
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