Mars and a Colourful Lunar Fog Bow

Arching across the lower part of the image above is a rare lunar fog bow. Unlike a more commonly seen rainbow, which is created by sunlight reflected prismatically by falling rain, this fog bow was created by moonlight reflected by the small water drops that compose fog. Although most fog bows appear white, all of the colours of the rainbow were somehow visible here. The above image was taken from high atop Haleakala, a huge volcano in Hawaii, USA, by Wally Pacholka. 2 Feb 2010 APOD

Monday, 12 April 2010

Good Roots Day

Having got the Easter weekend out of the way it was time to be prepared for my first Moon Planting Day. Thursday 8 or Friday 9 April were down as the best time to plant out the first of my potatoes. They had been chitting quite happily for several weeks so were ready to go.

First off I had to lift a couple of Fuschias left over from last year. Not sure if they have survived the cold winter so I've put them into pots for now and will plant out into new positions in the garden if they show signs of life in the next couple of weeks. Fortunately my Dad is a big grower of Fuschias having about 25 in pots on his window sills ready to go out once any chance of frost has gone by. Which is just as well as we had an air frost last night.

Anyway back to the Roots Day. Having lifted the Fuschias, I dug 4 trenches, put in the seed potatoes and sprinkled in some Growing Success organic potato fertiliser. Covered over with the soil dug out of the trenches and then added a THICK blanket of Alpaca Poo on top as a nice "Duvet" to keep off any frost.  

Had a good tidy up of the pots I had used last year, tipping out the old compost on top of the Alpaca Poo so the potatoes are now under about 8 inches of soil, poo, compost and a topping of slug pellets. Next batch due to go in later this month.

Tidied up the front bed as well ready to mark out into squares and will be sowing some beetroot and carrot seeds directly into their allocated squares later this week. It's another Roots Day 17th or 18th. Too soon for the 2nd batch of potatoes but can do other Roots like the shallots and radishes as well.

My ex boyfriend came over on Saturday to help with a couple of heavy lifting chores as my shoulder injury still hampers what I can do. No power in the muscle to lift anything too heavy for the time being. We also did a seed swop so I've got a couple of other tomato varieties to try and a couple of yellow courgettes (Zucchinis), one round the other the usual long variety.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Spring Forwards

Clocks went forward last weekend for British Summer Time. As we head into the Easter weekend the winter has had a last gasp with a chill wind and snow on the Moors.

Indoors we have our first daffodils picked from our garden to remind us that Spring is really here. 

Next good Moon day for Roots is the 8th April so I'm hoping to plant out the first of the potatoes. I could have done them last Tuesday but with the weather turning cold I wanted to avoid any potential frost. They are happy chitting so no problem waiting a bit longer.

Which also means that everything else will slip back by a week or two. No hard and fast rules, I'll keep an eye on the longer range forecast and sow seeds or pot on seedlings as and when I can.

Happy April Fools Day!