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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

Last Post 68 days 8 hours ago

Cold, so cold

28 December 2009 23:26:29
Cold, so cold

Cold, so cold

I didn't even attempt to remove any of the horticultural fleece, even to give the plants half an hour of breathing today, due to this cold, cold weather.  I have an outdoor weather sensor with an indoor reader and it has registered down to -4 over the past week, rising to +5 max during the day.  This little outdoor sensor is mounted on the shed door, because it is (a) north facing and (b) within a specified distance for the indoor monitor to pick up the signal.  On Sunday, the shed door was opened for all of 10 minutes while we got the fuel for the fire out.  During that time, the sensor was south facing and the temperature reading was +11.8!  Amazing what a little bit of sun can do.  

The birds aren't eating the food I left out for them.  I have 3 fat balls out and a container of peanuts, as I have done every other year.  But they aren't even dropping by, just to check the menu!

Gardening wise, I have Micheal Kelly's books and seed catalogues all over the sofa.  I still have no final plans made except that I want to eat our own Brussels sprouts next Christmas.  One problem is the amount of different varieties - confusing to say the least.  I wonder will I ever get to make out a list of seeds because I am reading so much about the different varieties, I just seem to be getting bogged down.  Maybe I should just open the catalogue, close my eyes and prick a pin into the page!  

 

By the way, any of you suffering withdrawal symptoms from not being out in your vegetable plots, check out www.farmville.com   One of my sisters in Australia mentioned it to me just before Christmas so I checked it out.  Good fun but addictive.  Mine you, I'm not as bad as her - she was in bed one night and got up to harvest her crops!!!!!


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J.D. J.D. 29 December 2009 06:37:18

I wa suffering withdrawal symptoms over the Christmas, but I am ok since returning to work yesterday. Your sister is funny. That is so sad from a grown woman. Ha ha.


Clara Clara 29 December 2009 07:21:44

Have not been even outside our back garden over the holiday but will have a look tomorrow as today I am back to work hope you had a great Christmas


Lìga Lìga 29 December 2009 08:41:04

In my glasshouse one morning was -4,really cold.Have to think of diferent way how to owerwintering some tender plants.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 December 2009 09:20:31

At little higher here this morning Mairin but still very cold,windy and little wet.Come the new year you will be thinking ahead in lots of time for the sprouts and you will get there.Timimg is vital.28 weeks for earlies and 36 weeks for lates.While reading through the details about them in your books you should find a good type that crop well around Christmas day.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 December 2009 12:16:30

Think my eldest daughter has linked up to that site but not sure it would be my cuppa tea. Too many other things to do and free time seems to be allocated to garden.ie. Is that sad?


Ladybird Ladybird 29 December 2009 13:36:10

I overheard  two of my son-in-laws discussing this over Christmas one of them seems to be addicted to it. 


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