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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  sanderson on 1/25/2016, 3:16 pm

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Kelejan on 1/25/2016, 4:16 pm

@sanderson wrote:   and thank you for Fahrenheit!

Lucky for me I am bi-lingual. I can cope with C and F.

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Post  trolleydriver on 1/25/2016, 4:24 pm

Me too ... Je suis Bilingue ... I can even do inches and centimetres.

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/25/2016, 6:28 pm

Me too, as are all medical folks...we are operating in kilos, Celsius, and centimeters...LOL! We believed the Powers that Be that we would all convert to metric...yep. Medicine and science went there...no one else followed!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Kelejan on 1/25/2016, 8:01 pm

I use time for distance.  Next town West is half an hour, next town east is one hour.
I could not tell you how many miles or kilometres it is unless I looked it up.

As for cooking: ounces. grams, cups,  teaspoon, handfuls, pinches,  etc.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/25/2016, 8:40 pm

I do that , too Queen Kelejan! I love you As far as distance relates to me, it is time!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  naughtymoose on 1/25/2016, 9:01 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Me too, as are all medical folks...we are operating in kilos, Celsius, and centimeters...LOL! We believed the Powers that Be that we would all convert to metric...yep. Medicine and science went there...no one else followed!

A bit like over here then! As a tradesman, and later an adult educator, I use S.I. units. I used to through things at the lads who mentioned inches...

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Kelejan on 1/26/2016, 12:38 am

After all that, I still think of myself as pounds, feet and inches.

One day some one called me and asked for some paper that measured something like
x cms long by y cms wide.  I worked it out and found that it was 11" x 8 1/2", our standard North American size copy paper.

In Europe we go by A4, A5, etc. A very logical method.  If one folds an A4 sheet in half, one gets an A5, and so on.

One time in my life I did some freelance work for a Heating and Ventilation firm that had just put in a quote for a hospital.  I checked the figures and found that some of the engineers had, for copper pipe, used  metres for some sections and others had used feet.  Unfortunately they got the quote, and that was when the fun started.
When quoting for extra copper pipe it included all the fittings, joints, etc., so that if extra work was to be done, they just said x pounds per foot of copper pipe depending on the diameter. Using two different measuring systems was chaos.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/26/2016, 7:15 am

I have seen that on copiers before, A4 paper size....now I know! Oh dear, Inbet that was a mess with 2 different scales of measure on a quote!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  naughtymoose on 1/26/2016, 8:31 am

I was going to mention that in addition to A4 size (and other 'A' sizes) we also have 'B' sizes.

I just had a look on Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size, paper is a complex subject; yaaaawn....

Back in reality, my little grow room is almost complete, I've just got to extend the ring circuit (another UK norm) and then I can light it up!

Pictures to follow upon completion!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  plantoid on 1/26/2016, 7:16 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Me too ... Je suis Bilingue ... I can even do inches and centimetres.
I'm having to work in Welsh miles  & Welsh yards...... "   Milltireodd a iardiau   " ....that the old Romans left them with .
 I much prefer to work in 16 ths ,32 nds & 64 ths of an inch  etc. or  cubits ,  rods , chains ,acres , perches, fathoms , leagues , gills , firkins & hogsheads  instead .

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  naughtymoose on 1/26/2016, 7:27 pm

When I worked in pubs, we used to order our beers in kilns or firkins.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/26/2016, 8:03 pm

@plantoid wrote:
 I much prefer to work in 16 ths ,32 nds & 64 ths of an inch  etc. or  cubits ,  rods , chains ,acres , perches, fathoms , leagues , gills , firkins & hogsheads  instead .
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affraid grade school flashback study cConvert thinking the following to fathoms/stones/cubits/etc.

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Allotment disaster

Post  naughtymoose on 6/8/2016, 7:15 pm

Hi friends, I've not been on here for quite a while, so here is the news:
The winter wet caused massive problems for me on my new allotment. The plot turned out to be like a WW 1 battlefield, with knee-deep mud, deep channels of water and an exposed aspect.
As a consequence, I was unable to do anything up there until the weather turned a bit better in April. By then I was struggling quite a bit with my illness but struggled on and even managed to get back into some paid work. My little job delivering wonderful curries from a Bangladeshi friend's restaurant on three evenings a week takes quite a toll on my available energy, but I get fed fabulously!

My missus persuaded me that the allotment would actually be far too much for me (us) to manage, and so I've had to give it up.

Fortunately, all is not lost! We've already made use of the 1 ft square planters for some crops and have transformed part of our little front garden into a container orchard with much of the fruit that I had bought for the plot.

The next stage is to transform an area of approximately 15 x 7 feet into a productive growing area. I can squeeze in a 6 x 3' SFG and also have room for some more container fruit and also a growhouse of about 7 x 3'.

My indoor grow-room produced fantastic chillies for my mates at the restaurant, along with brinjals (eggplant to most of you and aubergine to most of us Brits). Much of the surplus has been gifted to customers that I deliver to (it's a great way to make new friends and also get good tips!).

I shall try and update you all soon with some pictures.

Keep on square-footing folks!

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Post  Kelejan on 6/8/2016, 8:24 pm

Nice to see you again, Moosie, and sorry to hear of your troubles.  But you are doing the best with what you have so kudos to you.

Look forward to your pictures.

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Post  sanderson on 6/9/2016, 2:29 am

happy hi Glad you are back. I'm sorry to hear about the allotment, but glad you are making something in your own back yard. Photos! Including the container orchard!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/9/2016, 3:38 pm

Hi Moose! Glad to see you!!

Sorry you had to give up the allotment, but sounds like you're having fun anyway... :-)

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/9/2016, 10:20 pm

Moose, glad to hear from ya! You play the hand you're dealt. Sounds like you are still in the game! So glad you gave us a ring!

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An update

Post  naughtymoose on 11/15/2016, 7:30 pm

Sorry I've not updated my post for months.
We've transformed a bit of our small back garden into a veg patch, complete with a raised bed full of lovely MM!

We had success with large planters too, they have an area of about 2 sq ft, and I grew courgettes and and even a squash variety called Zucca da marmellata (to make jam).

Having much less space to play with meant that the raspberries, red and white currants, artichokes, two apple trees, a plum tree and a few other bits and pieces all had to go. We gave them to a local community garden, where they have been planted and looked after.

I've managed to load some pictures, but can't work out how to rotate them properly!

More (and better) pictures to follow soon folks!


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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  sanderson on 11/16/2016, 3:34 am

Lovely corner garden!! Very Happy Explore Cordon Fruit trees for a mini orchard. There are some good YouTube videos on pruning.

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  trolleydriver on 11/16/2016, 9:19 am

Hi naughtymoose ... That looks it will become a great veggie garden.

As for the turned/rotated photos please check the thread at the link that follows:

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t21095-rotated-photos?highlight=photos+turned

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  plantoid on 11/16/2016, 12:11 pm

Hi Moose good to hear you are playing again.

 I see you have numerous the large black tubs like mine.

Over the last three years i discovered that the smaller drain holes were not really good enough .. making bigger holes with a 22 mm hole cutter in th flat base didn't help either till I raised each tub up on 1/4 " thick sticks of cut to size wood .
 Without the sticks in place under each tub good drainage just didn't happen .  Often the very bottom of the compost started to be going a wee bit anaerobic and started to get blue black & very very smelly by the time the tomatoes , egg plants & peppers etc. had been harvested
 
Last year I drilled a block of 4x4 " fence post to give a letter " L " in bore holes
 I then cut one face back so that when it sits in the upturned tub I can slide a 22 mm hole x 50 mm long bi-metal hole cutter  down one of the tunnels , then  carefully using a battery drill on the hole cuter slide the cutter in the hole and cut a "D" shaped hole across the bottom of the tubs ( 4 holes in total 890 degrees apart . Snipping off the tongue of plastic that is produced
 When stood on the base the flat of the " D " is at the bottom of each tub next to the floor .

 This has improved drainage tremendously , the spent compost smells sweet , the plants roots were & are far healthier than three years ago despite an absolutely lousy summer this year .

 In a few days time I'm going to be making up a new cutting out block and cut the latest ( got them cheap from home base again this year ) six tubs we picked up a couple of weeks ago . .  This time round I'll take a few pictures and post them up in a thread to do with potted / tub  plants

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Kelejan on 11/16/2016, 6:05 pm

Good to see you again, Moose.  Nice piece of MM there. 

It looks as though you have quite a bit of sun in your small garden, look forward to more pictures.

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/16/2016, 10:15 pm

Hey, don't be a stranger!

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Re: Hi from Essex, England

Post  naughtymoose on 11/17/2016, 6:38 pm

Thanks for the replies folks!

As you pointed out plantoid, there can be a problem without enough drainage holes in those 50cm tubs. I like to put hole around the edge of the base as well as the base itself, but I already lift them off the ground with bricks.

The square planters have a small water reservoir in the base, and this season I shall be adding a wick to help pull up water into the pot.

My indoor chilli growing was a great success this year, lots of the customers on my curry delivery round were given plants to grow and it has been a great ice-breaker (lucrative in tips too!).

I've also been making some mango and chilli jam (shop-bought mango!) and some other bits and pieces; all great fun.

Some pictures to follow

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