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5thelement

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  1. I reckon they have been developing for about 8-10 weeks now, full sun and outside grown. It has been unusually warm for an extended period, 30 degrees for most of the last three months with highs of 40 plus, it’s only rained about three times in that period.
  2. It’s not going to win any prizes for beauty but is certainly the biggest tomato that I have grown. The first time that I have grown this variety (Inca), they are absolutely heaving with fruit, massive yield with solid flesh and great flavour. Just weighed in at 750g.
  3. That tree doesn’t look anywhere near 35ft and I would doubt it is doing any damage to the house. It’s more likely down to movement/soil shrinking around your building. Prune it in the Summer, not Winter.
  4. If I remember it right, he also did the voice of a Sweaty Sock Womble called Nessy, maybe that’s the main issue Andy has, robbing hard working Jocks of their regional accents?
  5. Picked the first of the baby corn. Certainly better than any I have grown previously, 4-5 per plant, not far off the standard sweetcorn in size.
  6. Where about in rural France are you moving to, it’s a huge place? I am a Forestry Instructor based in Charente/Vienne, I could train you here if the distance isn’t too great.
  7. It looks like one of the many dwarf apples in the Malus domestica family, at a guess I would say ‘Spartan’.
  8. My point is that we have a long history of creating spectacular feats of Enginneering in some of the worlds most inhospitable places yet are getting all hysterical over doing a bit of tree work in a couple of days of hot weather.
  9. You seem to have omitted the thousands of Irish navvies who helped build the extensive canal and rail networks from your list of slaves, do they not count as their skin is too white?
  10. The temperature went from 18 to 28 degrees pretty much overnight, so no time to acclimatise, just get on with it. I am from Manchester, I’m not used to this heat and you don’t just get acclimatised to it, you just adjust your working methods to suit it, like we did when we built an Empire.
  11. I’ve been working in higher temperatures than will hit the UK for two months now, it will be 40 degrees plus here tomorrow. Plenty of liquids, regular breaks in the shade, change jobs around if possible but just crack on, unless you are made of chocolate.
  12. What is the current retail price of a Jo Beau M500. I’ve been trawling the net to no avail. Are there any better machines with the same, or similar specifications on the market. TIA.
  13. Oddly enough I have struggled to find suitable wind blown sites for years to conduct training/assessments on, certainly in the SE. Had loads of people wanting to train but no sites, been sending them over to Wales. With the scale of the current situation, the only efficient way to clear the backlog is by machines, with hand cutters clearing out poor access sites and oversized butts. I agree with Spuddog, by the time this timber is cut and extracted the majority will all be chip wood.
  14. I can’t see why the UK Ash stock will fair any better than the rest of the EU countries affected. I seem to remember Scandinavia calculated less than 6% showing resilience.
  15. I bought a new Toro Turfmaster in the UK before I headed out to France, cost me a grand on eBay, €2400 here. Twin blade, 76cm cut, Kawasaki commercial engine. It has the option for collection bag or side eject mulcher. One thing I really like is the engine keeps running without the blades being engaged whilst you empty the bag, saves a lot of stop/starting. Had it a year, cutting an acre twice a week, never dropped a beat so far.
  16. If your weed is running low though, it’s running low.😂
  17. Was this training, refresher training or Assessment? Was it NPTC who did the training or some other training provider?
  18. This is one of the issues that the Industry faces, varying quality and experience, the same as in many other aspects of the tree work industry. Many employers just book courses with the local agricultural college without doing any research, only to find out that the Instructor is a person from the last years Foundation Degree course, then complain about the poor quality after the event. If I was asked to supply a training manual for my tractor, unless the tractor was very specific with unusual specifications, alarm bells would have been ringing. I would have just used another trainer who knew their stuff rather than pay someone who didn’t.
  19. I hear this nonsense quite a bit. I have been a hand cutter on piece rate for nearly 30 years, I think I have got the hang of it and am pretty efficient by now. I still keep my hand in on the Arb side too, as that’s where the real money is. I became an NPTC Assessor/LANTRA Instructor about 9 years ago, mostly because I enjoy the teaching side and it gave my body a break from the fatigue of commercial Forestry. In the UK I would do 85% Forestry on piece rate, 10% Instructing and 5% Assessing. I can earn more per day cutting a chain of Sweet chestnut, I can earn more per day on tonnage in any decent stand of Hard/Softwood. Any decent subby climber with their own kit can earn more per day than an Assessor. I would love to know where this fabled cash generator gravy train is, because I have certainly never boarded it.
  20. I think he beat Ruiz more because of of a change in strategy from Ruiz, who came in massively heavier, slower and sluggish than he did in the first fight, rather than anything AJ’s camp changed.
  21. I don’t think AJ could beat Usyk if he fought him 50 times, Usyk is far too elusive and AJ is far too static, I don’t think AJ’s camp can come up with any strategy that would allow their man to win. Fury v Usyk would be hard to predict and could turn out to be a classic if it ever happened, I would back Usyk for the points win. Fury would beat AJ hands down, but if Usyk wins again, that is a fight we would probably never get to see.
  22. Joshua will retire after he gets beaten again by Usyk.
  23. Won’t know the results for a while. I think the trick is to keep the soil moist but don’t overwater or fertilise as you just end up with masses of vegetive growth and no crop. I have mulched them with a 4” layer of well rotted wood chip.
  24. Even though I was a bit late this year, starting from scratch in the new place, things are doing okay. First of the Cucumber (Devils food🤮) round Courgette for a change, Baby Sweetcorn as it is difficult to find here and I use it a lot. Tomatoes doing fine outside, first time growing Sweet Potatoes, hopefully they are doing as well underground as they are above. Pears/Apples/Peaches doing fine despite the late frost that lost us a lot of blossom and hammered my Kiwi Fruit right back to the main stem.

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