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  1. Windy!! Opened a packet of salsify seeds..and the wind kindly planted them in the allotment next door! It's mild - but the wind made it feel colder.
  2. Beautiful blue skies here, after an early family pick up at airport, I had the rest of the day on the allotment and it was more like early summer - 17.c!
  3. It might surprise us yet!...possibly!! My tatties are chitting (that seems to be going ok) and I've sown leeks indoors, did manage to get some garlic in in late autumn, my boyfriend's dad gave me a champagne rhubarb crown that he's halved, I bought Autumn raspberries - that's it so far. I went to a garden centre in November and they were selling off packets of seeds for 50p and I went a bit crazy and bought everything . So I'm growing courgettes, 'cinderella' pumpkins, 'sunshine' squash, sweetcorn, 5 types of chilli, radishes, parsnips, spring onion, runner beans, 10 different herbs and sweet peas. For pure novelty value (not expecting anything!) I've got hops growing, giant pumpkin seeds and loofah seeds. The latter needs a greenhouse really - but unfortunately we aren't allowed closed structures of any sort or indeed glass. There's much talk on this forum of melons!! I've love to grow some - but given my very unsheltered position with no greenhouse, I don't know if I'd just be wasting space. And now I'm wondering if this cold spell mid month will happen an what that means for my 'lotty'. What are you (and another forum members!) growing this year - anything new or unusual?
  4. Gentle roar of trees in the wind out there now...rather pleasant. I too an disappointed in the 'front loaded' winter that never arrived, although the fog and frosts were very atmospheric. I don't want a cold spell mid March as there is loads to do on the allotment! Oh well, the weather doesn't care what we want!!
  5. First season so it's all trial and error! But have gone for King Edwards maincrop and Abbot and Charlotte earlies. Haven't chitted the Edwards yet, they're still in the box. If there's one thing I've discovered about this gardening malarkey, it's that for every question, there appears to be a million different answers!! We're not allowed any structures other than a lockable box on the allotment, so I'm having to chit them in a 21.c office...don't know if that's ok, either as it's meant to be in a 'cool' place. Apart from the usual stuff, we're going to try and grow loofahs for a laugh, and those meter long courgettes Chiltern Seeds is quite good for weird stuff. Having an allotment does give you mixed feeling about late winter cold, that's for sure. Not sure if I'm looking forward to a possible Beasterly...or whether I just want a reasonable day to get digging!!
  6. Problem solved, if they freeze, I'll just pass them off as Auntie Bessies! And February hope and fears, allotmenteers? I've ordered loads of stuff - but I'm wondering if the ground will be too cold to plant my potatoes (which are happily chitting in my office!!)
  7. Love these. I bought book on weather lore recently, haven't had time to read it yet but it looks interesting. Possible cold mid to late Feb has been mentioned for some time - it does give us notice allotment holders a headache though. No idea what happens if the ground freezes after your parsnips are planted! I see a yellow warning is extended to all of the S/E for wind on Friday.
  8. Love these. I bought book on weather lore recently, haven't had time to read it yet but it looks interesting. Possible cold mid to late Feb has been mentioned for some time - it does give us notice allotment holders a headache though. No idea what happens if the ground freezes after your parsnips are planted! Enjoyed the rain last night and not being cold. Today is 8.c of meh though.
  9. Light flurry of very small flakes here!
  10. I don't know about October Fog Index, I've actually lost count of the January Fog Index. Our 30 year old panel heaters can't seem to bring the temp in the flat above 18.c Ok when you're moving about but when you're sat down, it's chilly! Yesterday, black ice was a problem around here, there was a car crash, then the ambulance called hit one of the cars involved! Madness. I walked into town on the grass lll the way as the pavements were lethal. As it's my first spring with an allotment, I'm finding I wish this cold but boring winter would magically become spring!!
  11. Transport for Bucks say hoar frost tonight. I love the chill and the bright days but It takes me 20 mins to defrost my car!!
  12. Ah, such a pretty morning, sunlight though mist is lovely - nothing like forecasted over the weekend. I didn't think it was that cold - but I scraped my car only for it to freeze up again while in Tesco! And when your car is 17 years old, it's tricky! My locks refroze in the car park and I had try various methods to unfreeze it!! I must have looked like a right lemon, though!!
  13. #murdersleet on Twitter did make me laugh this weekend. I know newspapers have to be sensational in order to get our attention...but the rhetoric of the press has been downright silly with the weather recently. My allotment is 60m asl highter than my flat at 115m...just enough elevation for a little snow to settle..so at least I got a snowball fight this weekend..with mini snowballs I might add! I'm going to put my cards on the table and say meh for now, snow by Valentine's Day. Based on nothing but reading weather tea leaves!
  14. First medium-sized flakes of this cold spell falling now, settling on the roof. Even though it's not much, it's still enchanting.