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September 7 2017 5 07 /09 /September /2017 11:21

The first signs of Autumn [Fall] are here and much has been harvested. I have two greenhouses, and now is the time to tend to them. One contains peppers, a vine and a sweet potato, which is flourishing. The  vine has been a disappointment, as the tiny grapes seem to have been eaten by pests, but this climate is not good for black grapes,so I am thinking of being rid of it. The peppers have been productive, but are nearing their end, so I will clear them of fruit and compost the plants. The sweet potato will stay as long as possible to allow growth in the tuber. My friends are pessimistic about it in this climate, but it is an experiment that is not complete, so there is still time. The second greenhouse contains my bumper crop of small, sweet  tomatoes.  

The first thing to do is pull out the pots in which I grow crops and change the soil. I will not waste it, but pour it into my new raised beds and add some pelleted chicken manure. Then I will clean them all out to prevent pests from hiding. Once the pots are out of the greenhouse I  will continue the tidying and cleaning work that I began yesterday. Some invasive weeds have crept in under the metal frame and are hiding behind the pots. They will  have to be uprooted. Then I am extending the fabric cover on the greenhouse floor. Currently it is a path down the middle and the pots rest on wood chip, but to prevent weeds an extension of the weed control fabric is in order to cover the floor.Rubbish that has accumulated is already bagged ready for to be taken to the tip. You slowly accumulate odds and sods of rubbish, nothing big, but as the allotment does not benefit from the  council rubbish/garbage collecting services, waste can accumulate.

The windows will have to be washed as they can build up grease and dirt. I also have a repair job to do on one panel of my second greenhouse, which came loose in strong winds earlier this year, for as I have said before, all places have their disadvantages and mine, thirty miles  from the Irish Sea across low-lying flat land, suffers from wind. As it is on the west of Britain the wind tends to be gusty, and gusts can at times be strong. I will also tighten up any screws and window fittings, awaiting the North West English winter 


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Derdriu Marriner 09/08/2017 16:20

Do Irish Sea winds bring in salt particles in amounts that impact crop choices and soil conditions? What does it mean to say "taken to the tip"? Is it just the black grape or any kind of grape that does not do well on your side of the Atlantic pond? And lastly but not leastly, what removes dirt and grease on windows? I try to stay with plain water as much as possible even though I have to compromise with streaky, stubborn grease!

frankbeswick 09/09/2017 09:39

Salt does not get far inland, for it deposits relatively near the coast. You must recall that the part of England where I live is sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic by Ireland, so we are better placed than Scotland or Cornwall are.

I clean the windows with plain water. There is little or no grease.

Sorry. I forgot to realize that I was using English English, but that Americans would be reading it. The tip is the council garbage dump.