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Old 09-19-2010, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Getting ready for winter 2010/11

Last Friday's weather news threatening an early air frost in Southern England prompted me to make some hasty preparations to bring the 'naners in for the winter. This year I've added a 200mm (8") layer of well rotten compost over the top of my heated coils. The idea being firstly to plant the garden plants direct into this medium rather than into pots (the outside's of which can be vulnerable to temp. fluctuartions and secondly to add to the thermal mass of the biosphere making it easier to carry the plants across a cold period. we'll see. see pics
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My heads remaining firmly planted in the sand for now Kev.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's some bad luck. It's been a bad year with volcanos erupting etc... the last time volcano in Iceland erupted, it was one of the worst winters in the UK. We will see how the climate's affected by such eruptions this year. This year's average precipitation here: 800-1100mm (Typical 500-600) and temps way below what they should've been at the beginning of September...

Winter might be very harsh, so we will see. Good luck with your preparations. I might have one month to the first frosts, if the weather's stable.
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Its getting cooler here, but at least the bananas are still growing. Days in the 70sF and some in the 80sF, but in a few weeks we will be seeing a lot more 60sF. All my banana plants are going inside this year in there pots, but next year most of them will be in the ground so it will be harder to bring them in!
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