Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby retropants » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:57 pm

I never really suffered too badly when growing them in the greenhouse. I've now only got a small plot at home with a teeny greenhouse only suitable for seedlings.so, they are stuck outside.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Westi » Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:37 pm

Before I had the tunnel & grew the toms outside I used to build three perspex sides (got from some builders knocking down a conservatory); around them which was left insitu to aid warming & cut the wind more than anything else. When I got a Blight warning (Oh please bring back Blightwatch); I would nip down & put a lid on the structure which I had drilled holes in & I secured it with plastic coated wire around the frame. It worked well & I mostly missed the blight.

My neighbour at the tine built a cane structure like a lean to secured to the side of her shed. She used clear shower curtains and left the sides & roof covered but it had a roll up door. She had more success than me with this model which I suspect was because I had joins in my lid.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Primrose » Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:30 pm

Does anybody know what happened to Blightwatch to stop its messaging service?
I thought at first that possibly my subscription had failed in some way last summer but is the service no longer operating at all?

Possibly it was another of those services which depended on a industry grant of some kind and Coronavirus has caused funds to dry up
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby snooky » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:26 pm

Evening Primrose,(No pun intended!!)

Blightwatch is now called or has changed to another Company called Blightspy.Found it on Google.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Primrose » Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:44 am

Thanks Snooky. Briefly just checked this website out . Seems they don,t offer the same useful facility of sending you an email whenever there,s a Hutton period warning for your specific area and that you have to check the website every day . Not sure busy people will necessariky have the time to do that. Miss checking on a couple of days in succession and that could mean your spraying or covering up opportunity is lost, especially where outdoor tomatoes are concerned.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Westi » Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:14 pm

I just popped onto their uTube site instructions for using it & it will predict over a longer time frame so you don't have to check everyday. Unfortunately when I went onto the main site it was last updated in September, which is understandable as unlikely to get a Huntington period over winter & more unlikely to have the spuds or Toms in. It doesn't say when it will start updating again but one example they showed on the video was April 2021 which would be about right for southern areas so I guess we will have to look around then.

Thanks for finding the site Snooky.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby retropants » Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:33 am

Thanks for finding the site Snooky! I may have to buy a plastic temporary greenhouse for my tomatoes this year. Hopefully it will survive outside from June to Oct. I've found one on ebay about the right size for about £30.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby robo » Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:40 pm

I got called out to our allotment last night just before 10 o’clock some scroates had broken into a lot of sheds in one they found a gallon of petrol they thought it was a good idea to use it to set fire to our communal greenhouse and cabin when I got there there was nothing but bits of timber the fire brigade was hosing down the police came eventually I was held till gone midnight making statements we estimate there is around £10,000 worth of damage
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Westi » Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:20 pm

Sorry to hear that robo, really, really annoying & upsetting. We have had no issues since they installed some wildlife cams & put warning signs over the fence warning CCTV in operation. Might just be a co-incidence, but maybe something to consider. The wildlife cams do also pick up images of people as well which is why we have to have the signs.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby robo » Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:24 pm

Westi I have one but it eats battery’s I can’t keep going in them
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby Stephen » Mon Jan 17, 2022 9:47 pm

That's bad news Robo. I'm very sorry to hear it.
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby oldherbaceous » Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:58 am

That is terrible, Robo, I really don’t know what the answer is anymore…..
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby retropants » Tue Jan 18, 2022 8:03 am

Oh Robo, that is just awful, how upsetting. I have no words. :(
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby peter » Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:52 pm

Robo, my sympathies, my Saturday volunteering bar duty had a similar issue a few years ago.
We got the 20' replacement for the trailer from Containers Direct up in Liverpool.
The exploding CO2 cylinder spattered molten aluminium around, but no reports of burns victims......
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Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs - 2021.

Postby oldherbaceous » Tue Jan 18, 2022 5:20 pm

Something really positive for everyone, Monika sends her kind regards to all of the Forum Members and hopes to be back with us in the Spring. :)
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