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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can put the Dithane aside for another while. The most recent blight warning ended on Wednesday and hasn't been renewed.
Thank the Gods for that! I've been out spraying twice by the end of June. Stocked up on copper sulphate yesterday. €8 for 500g; nearly twice what I paid for it the last time!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="My Potatoes"]John Eagleton of Met Eireann

He did say, based on the law of averages, we're going to have a summer that is not average. However, he cannot say if it will be better than average or worse than average!



Thats like saying...We will have Sunshine between Heavy downfalls of Rain... and Rain between bursts of Sunshine...but we dont know which...

He'd be better not saying anything....
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No rain for the next week anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's just be grateful for the beautiful June we had and the current spell of fine weather. Wexford certainly deserves its title of the Sunny South-East this summer. In fact we will need some rain soon as the soil is terribly dry.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if the forecasted weather unfolds, we are in for an extended spell of very warm and reasonably dry weather over the next 10-14 days. At that point we’ll be into mid July, and given that June this year was very pleasant indeed, sure by the end of this month we could be talking about the summer of 2013, as one of the better ones in recent times. So we won’t put the mockers on it by wishing it away, we’ll just get out, soak it up and make this year’s hay… Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive wrote:
In fact we will need some rain soon as the soil is terribly dry.

There's always one! Rolling Eyes

Get a hose. If you're in a residential property you're not being directly charged for water at present!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it hit 27 degrees on saturday according to the temperature gauge in the car.

i've probably mentioned this page before, maybe even in this thread:

http://www.nratraffic.ie/weather/default.asp
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gautama wrote:
Get a hose. If you're in a residential property you're not being directly charged for water at present!


Oh, yes, we are. €80 a year at mo.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:28 am    Post subject: National Weather Warning!!! Reply with quote

Every now and then you encounter something that really really brings a smile to the face and it is worth checking out, as it is such a rare occurrence. Incumbent on our national Met Office is the responsibility for the issuing of national weather and marine warnings: storm warnings, flood warnings, high seas and tide warnings, blizzard and ice warnings and even national blight warnings when necessary, in short, all weather events which are likely to have a disruptive or dangerous impact/effect on the environment or population. And so it is that since yesterday at 10.00am we have a National high temperature weather warning in place till Saturday at least. OK, it's only at status yellow, but we can't allow that to spoil things.
Personally, I can’t remember the last time I saw this, and over a 6 day period!!! Not sure, but it may be a first…

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's the first time the met office have issued a heat warning.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous weather all around: temperatures holding their own in the mid twenties, and after cooling down a little over the last 24 hours, it seems we are to head into another period of prolonged warm sunshine from tomorrow onwards and for at least the next 8-10 days. With little or no rain forecast for the next 10 days and with soil moisture deficits already at 70mm on the east coast, we'll have to keep the root vegetables watered before they either cook or shrivel in their beds, and it would seem that we are in the midst of one of the warmest driest Julys on record, but it has its benefits with some of the best trusses of tomatoes and cucumbers I've had in years and almost ready for harvesting, and even though it may be challenging from a leafy-veg and root-vegetable growers perspective, long may she continue, and hopefully the memory of this glorious summer will brighten those cold frozen miserable days which will, undoubtedly, be upon us in the blink of an eye...make hay people, for they're already bailing away in north county Dublin, big golden wheels in the fields along the Malahide Road...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta love the Met Eireann descriptions.

This week was described as "Goldilocks" and next week is "benign".
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suddenly, an autumnal feel to the air: an eerie silence in the woods as the birds finally give up their territorial calling, that slight chill in the evenings and early morning, and and and....the leaving cert results are out tomorrow: yes, summer is on the wane, but it has been a very good summer with very good produce returns for the most part.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that was that.
One of the warmest driest summers in nearly 30 years...all in all, a really good season on the allotment: plenty of produce, 20 jars of beetroot stored, 36 jars of rhubarb and ginger jammed and jarred and distributed, courgette fatigue and overkill, and a whole bed of parsnips bulking up nicely to see us through the winter...
2 degrees at 7.00am this morning: yes, that was the summer that was, but, it was good while it lasted...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So here we are,
on November 8th and we have come full circle.
After the longest winter/coldest spring on record not only here but right across Europe, followed by one of the best summers in 30 years, then this in turn followed by a very mild autumn, today, Met Eireann issued a forecast with a minus temperature again. Alas winter is certainly creeping in: it's time to dig dig dig, then mulch mulch mulch and cover it all up...

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