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ACE
Today at 11:24:15 by ACE
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Warm and sunny so I expect the world and his dog will be at the allotment this weekend all going through the gate and all wanting to chat as they pass. I need to riddle some compost for my seeds at home, the pile is at the allotments. Looks like an early morning trip tomorrow.
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April 02, 2020, 14:01:38 by Hepsibah | Views: 146 | Comments: 3

Hello everyone, hope you're all keeping well in these uncertain times.

I got a new allotment in January which hasn't been cultivated for two years so is fairly covered with docks, thistles and brambles but mostly longish grass which has collapsed and thatched the ground reasonably well. The plan was for a no dig approach as I have a small barn with a couple of stables worth of deep bedded sheep muck to clear along with thirty bales of unused, rotting hay.

I started well enough, three smallish raised beds cleared, mucked and two planted with salad leaf seeds, two beds of first early potatoes in and well mulched under black plastic, a bed of onion sets in and a 3x6m polytunnel erected.

I have a whole bunch of seedlings doing nicely here: tomato, celeriac, sprouting broccoli, globe artichoke, squashes etc but my lottie is not within walking distance so I'm confined to the house and garden.  I have an outbuilding which is fairly light with french doors and electricity but the garden has lots of free ranging chickens in it so I may find hardening off a bit of a challenge.

How should I go about keeping these seedlings going until I can drive to the allotment again?
ACE
April 02, 2020, 05:35:37 by ACE
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Cleaning to remove Covid 19, source: Johns Hopkins University
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
-between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
-4 hours (copper and wood)
-24 hours (cardboard),
- 42 hours (metal) and
-72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there. BE SAFE and STAY SAFE David Stuckman
-JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL

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