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  1. Bottesford

    Net Weather Gardening Thread

    A thread to discuss your garden and share any tips - especially in deal with whatever the British weather throws at us! Continuing from a post in the model thread... OK this caught my eye since my house isn't that big and I have several pepper plants that are now too big for their pots (roots showing at the bottom). I really want to replant them in 5 gallon/25 litre containers but I can't do that until they go outside to the greenhouse. Peppers are certainly not hardy plants in this climate so am unsure about putting them out in this current cold & wet weather. It's highly unlikely to see a frost (we struggle in winter in my urban location) but I know peppers don't really like it below 10c and we are definitely getting temps lower than that at night (and in the day this week!). Same goes for my tomatoes otherwise everything is outside already. What's the consensus on peppers, tomatoes and other summer fruits/vegs?
  2. First post in ages, nice to be back! This argument goes on every year and I guess nothing would suit everyone. I personally would prefer remaining on summer time (CEST over here) as I detest the sudden plunge into darkness (sat here working now at sunset is not nice!). But I do understand why people prefer GMT in winter, it does help in the three darkest months in making mornings be a little better although with so little light it isn't easy. Certainly staying on GMT (or CET here) would not be sensible. Sure solar noon would be at noon and perhaps we should follow the sun patterns more. But the reality is society is skewed towards PM. Little wonder given that 10-6 are considered core sleeping hours (not 8-4 say), public transport often stops around midnight and starts at 5am and office hours are often 8:30-5. All shifted later. Also almost everyone bar shift workers are awake in the early evening but only those who have to/like earlies/have kids are up at 6am so surely it makes sense to try to give more light later to save on energy costs? This effect is even more pronounced in late Feb and into March (clock should return to summer pattern a month earlier!).
  3. 2 hours of sun in 8 days.. Gladly i'm UK bound shortly so I might just see our parent star briefly! ha.

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    2. MP-R



    3. Daniel*


      Spike he now lives in Berlin

    4. Spikecollie


      The parent star is alive and well a few latitudes south, but we've had our grim days too.

  4. It has rained almost continuously for 4 solid days now. Temps been 1c to 6c. Am I on Elephant Island?!

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    2. Scorcher


      The weather on the continent, particularly Germany, can be great in the summer but it can get stuck in a horrible rut during the other seasons more than in the UK I think

    3. Costa Del Fal

      Costa Del Fal

      Yes, can get very dull at times. Berlin is a prime example.

    4. Costa Del Fal

      Costa Del Fal

      And its not immune to it in summer either such as when I went this year. It certainly isnt all rosy over there. They just get more frequent brief heatwaves generally.

  5. The whole of our building is heated from one boiler and I have taps to allow that hot water to flow or not. I turned them on for the first time since late Feb on Friday. I've not used any radiators just yet and am just relying on the warmth of the pipes that run around the apartment. It's been sunny but cold the last few days but today is barely 5c under drizzle so I expect it'll be chilly when I get home.
  6. Chose the wrong time to start cycling to work again... 4c at lunchtime. Freezing over here it is!

    1. Paul
    2. karyo


      Your hot German summer is just a memory now! lol

    3. Bottesford


      It seems like a long and distant dream... No more swimming in the lake, no more outdoor parties, no more relaxing outdoors. Grit the teeth and hope for a little snow to pass the time...

  7. The best thing about autumn - the return of tasty satsumas!

    1. Spikecollie


      And apples picked and eaten straight from the trees!

  8. These precious few weeks with it still light when finishing work...

    1. Milhouse


      Im appreciating every moment of it Botty.

    2. Spikecollie


      I'm dreading the end of it. I have a few days when I work until 2200 and I hate night time driving.

  9. Bottesford

    Where are all the wasps?

    They're all here! Literally swarming they have been especially during the roasting August. Sitting outside a cafe to eat was near impossible at times as they just appear in their tens or more. Now it's cooled a bit there are far less of them around. Will see if they come back now we're in for some sunny days.
  10. My largest range has been here in Berlin - from -13c to +39.7c.
  11. Yes we're into that period where daylight loss is approaching its peak. Sunset is 7:40pm here which is still within the 'acceptable' limits for me. I can finish work, check the garden & start dinner in daylight. I've prob got 2-3 weeks before that line is crossed when darkness begins to infect the 'daytime' period of life - i.e. pre 7pm. Then things get annoying for many many months. ugh.
  12. I heat when its cold- nothing to do with the date. For sure I can slip on a jumper and that I do when it drops sub 19c when I'm home alone. But the wife feels the cold so if I'm in a jumper she's in 5 layers and her hands have gone blue. Sure 16c indoors is fine if you're moving around or exercising but for sitting for hours on the computer working it has to be around 20c or the hand on the mouse goes icy cold.
  13. Had to close some windows (although not all) but deffo no heating yet. Yucky northerly wind and only 17c! Bleugh.
  14. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    Yes very extreme indeed but for the most part very enjoyable. Lots of time spent in lakes & outdoor events - stuff I could never dream of in Nottingham. Well not with any degree of reliability anyway. Think the chance of a repeat next summer is slim however!
  15. Probably makes sense I have a German weather thread here! I can only speak for East Germany, specifically Berlin but overall it has some similar themes to the UK climate except hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Generally it is dry except during the summer when we get rain from thunderstorms. It can be changeable and cool even in summer when we get a NWly or Nly wind. We can get some very high temperatures in summer and in general it is far warmer than the UK - especially compared to my old home of Nottingham. It is definitely sunnier than the UK with us mostly missing out on Atlantic weather systems (although not all the time). Winters are colder but snowfall is not that common as it is very dry. You can get some very low temperatures sometimes although it doesn't normally last very long. Low cloud is very common November-January and you can go weeks with no sunshine and temperatures hovering around -1 to 2c. Pretty dire and no wonder the summer-winter mood contrast in the city is so extreme. Once into late Feb the sun can burn off the cloud and dry, sunny weather is common. This summer has been changeable during June & July with some cool & damp sub 15c days under NWly winds but also some extreme heat with our hottest day being just shy of 40c. August has started hot and is set to remain so with maxes around 28c-35c for the foreseeable future. Friday we're expecting 38c before a 'cool' off to 32c on Saturday.
  16. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    There ends a very hot month! My statistics are not likely to entirely match official stations but from my checks are not that far out so here we go... Max: 37.5c, Min 12.8c Overall average: 24c Average max: 30.1c Average min: 19c Days under 20c = 0 Days 20 - 25c = 3 Days 25 - 30c = 13 Days 30 - 35c = 9 Days over 35c = 6 Hottest month I've ever experienced!
  17. Last day of summer and it is 36c today. Change is coming this week but what a hot month it has been in mainland Europe! 16 days over 30c this month 7 of which were over 35c.

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    2. Scorcher


      Well yes I take the point about the continent but Berlin's averages are not too different from London's in summer. If the ever present low to our NW over the past few weeks/months had been further south and west over the Atlantic the heat would have caught the UK too. Seems like bad luck in a lot of ways.

    3. AderynCoch


      It definitely is bad luck. 36C is exceptional for Berlin. Can't believe how many freakishly hot days the near continent has had while we haven't had so much as a sniff. It's been absolutely disgusting.

    4. Scorcher


      Yeah quite right, there's more to it than just continental vs island climates, it's the fact that the distances are so minute- it's not as though we are right in the middle of the Atlantic. The SE is very close to being continental

  18. I'm thinking of going to Svalbard next year (in summer) to explore the place. I experienced near 24 hour daylight in Iceland but it's not quite far enough north for the midnight sun. My dream is to visit Antarctica but it not an easy one! Been avidly reading the diaries of Shackleton & Scott recently - so interesting! I'm very drawn to the ends of the Earth for whatever reason...
  19. Still at least we get some daylight in those bleak months... Imagine Svalbard! Sunset in November and back in Feb!
  20. Now had it on since maybe late Feb or early March. Might go on in Oct or November. Doors 'n windows all open but then not a fair test as I ain't in England and live on the top floor of a very warm building. I actually forget what its like to be cold now...
  21. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    I know some bits of German and I am learning. But you can get by easily without any German in this city. A lot of ex-pats, social events and such. The history of the city (Allied occupation and such) means the locals are very used to non-German voices. It's a really fun place to be - especially in summer. So much going on and very very chilled out. Glad to skip the endless cloud & damp of Nottingham that's for sure. I don't need an endless summer - but do at least need something that lasts more than a few days here & there!
  22. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    Odds on today for our first maximum below 27c since 31st July. A big frontal system lies to our south and is dumping huge amounts of rain over the country. We're on the northern edge so it is just cloudy with temps in the low 20s. The 30+ temps are behind us now I think but we return to the mid to high 20s from tomorrow.
  23. Likewise - I'm far happier in the April-July period than at any other time of year (with Oct-Jan period the opposite being true). Definitely feel the light dropping and there being far less time to play with on weekday evenings. Still we've got time yet before outdoor life is restricted to a brief few hours on weekends only. I also too do like those odd really cold winter nights, the odd bit of snow & the fun around Christmas. But the week after week after week of darkness mid afternoon, low cloud & the 'oh look its 3c again' is very trying indeed.
  24. And to think, 30c used to feel hot... Melting melting melting here...

    1. karyo


      Well, you were asking for it!

    2. Daniel*


      36C on July 1st was too much for me and it wasn't even humid

    3. Bottesford


      A swim in the lake this evening more than made up for lunchtime working in the heat!

  25. Bottesford

    Eastern Germany (Berlin) Weather

    I just use http://www.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/fsgfsmeur.html for my info on this part of the world. Cloud cover is so hard to predict though. But it does seem what little cloud cover we do have is around in the afternoons. Very hot today, didn't drop below 24c and it's 30c already on my balcony with 36c predicted. 'Cooler' tomorrow/Thursday only around 31c but back to 37c on Fri. Bit of a cooldown comes after the weekend with average temps (24c) on Monday - that'll be a shock! Doesn't last though before heating up again soon after.