Tomatos That I Grow

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

The Blue Bell Hendon

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Notice the new houses on the right of the Blue Bell these where built in the 1970s and are privately owned

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The roof of The Blue Bell was once a beautiful tiled structure but over many years of neglect sadly it is now nothing like it was in its hey day notice the attic window and the chimney pots and the TV mast

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The Blue Bell was situated in Zion Street Hendon Sunderland which was a street in the Jewish quarter of Hendon

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The Blue Bell looks very sad in its derelict condition and was pulled down shortly after I took these images

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My white Berlingo van can be seen on the left of the image

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Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background the church was opened in 1719 for the growing population of Sunderland as the ship building industry grew

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The attic window of The Blue Bell I wonder what history it can tell us about the pub

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Close up of the Blue Bells attic window now sadly looking very delapitdated after the pub closed shortly after the Blue Bell was pulled down and made into a car park

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Notice the broken windows the drain pipes and the Sky antenna on the wall

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Close up of the broken windows and the drain pipes and the size of the bricks these were the old style a lot smaller than the ones used for building these days

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This was the main door of The Blue Bell the windows are now sadly boarded up with chip board

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Grass and weeds are now growing freely around The Blue Bells main door and on the pavement

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The licence sign of The Blue Bell sadly now looking rather tired and old

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The front of The Blue Bell you can see Holy Trinity Church clock tower on the right of the image

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Notice the broken windows and the curtains hanging out they look vey old

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There is even an original Sky mast next to the drain pipe

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Me and my father Billy Bell often had a drink in The Blue Bell on an afternoon

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The windows of the attic and the first floor are all broken now and the pub now looks a shadow of its former self

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The Zion Street sign looks tattered and weary now is as if to say I have had enough

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In this image you can see nearly all of the boarded up front of The Blue Bell

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The chimney and the attic window can be seen clearly in this image and notice the seagull perched on the attic window

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This image shows The Blue Bells rear extension in Moor Street not quite sure what the function of the extension was but it has been suggested that it could have been the pubs kitchen

Asparagus That I Grow

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This image is of an asparagus plantlet called Sweet Purple I purchased about a dozen of these plantlets of a guy called Keith Wheeler in May 2018
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The roots of the asparagus plantlets can be seen just before I repotted them into larger plant pots

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I use different size pots when transplanting the asparagus seedlings and always mix perlite with the compost I use for transplanting the asparagus

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These images of are of asparagus UC 157 F2 the one of the most popular varieties grown in the world and was developed in the early eighties

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A view of the asparagus plantlets ferns they are looking very healthy and green all these plantlets were grown from seed in my unheated conservatory

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More images of the asparagus plantlets after they had been repotted by me in the conservatory on the allotment

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Image of the ferns of asparagus Sweet Purple planlets which are about seven months old I grew the plantlets from seed in my unheated conservatory

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Gray Road Hendon

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This a bit of a blured image of the front room of 33 Gray Road in the image you can see a photograph of my late mam and dad celebrating their wedding anniversary also an image of my oldest daughter Lisa

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The fire side in the front room of 33 Gray Road when we were children this was a coal fire but in my mam and dads later life was replaced by an electric fire

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The famous green phone which all of my family hated but my dad loved

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The bay window was a typical type used in the mid seventies on property in Hendon and Sunderland

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Billy Bell my father better known as Hendons historian because of his slide shows and his knowledge of Hendon and Sunderlands history

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David Bell outside 33 Gray Road visiting his father Billy Bell at 33 Gray Road this was just after my Mam had died

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Notice my Berlingo van parked on Gray Road the new buildings on the left was once an old vicarage

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These houses were buitl in the late eighties and were typical of the houses built in Hendon and Sunderland at that time they where well built and looked good

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Image show the repairing of the gable end of the house after wind damage on a house in Gray Road Hendon

Sportsmans Arms

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The Sportsman’s Arms now Known as the Scullery

The Sportsman’s Arms closed on the 05-02-2010 when it closed it was left empty for a few years until a plumbing business opened up a showroom and office in the premises the company owners decided as they were not using all of the building so decided to rent out the old lounge at the rear of the pub

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The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth was once one of the most important buildings in Silksworth

Images taken by Dave Bell

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I took these images from the bottom of High Newport Allotments in May 2010 when the Sportsman’s Arms sadly closed and ended one of the last places that was used and built for the miners and their families of Silksworth very little remains of the miners heritage in Silksworth nowadays

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The once proud sign of the Sportsman’s Arms now looks tired and weary

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Notice the boarded up windows and The Sportsmans Arms sign still swinging as if everything was ok image taken on a wet and windy very cold day

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Close up of the sign on the rear wall of The Sportsmans Arms which closed in May 2010 because of lost revenue caused by very few local people using the public house

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The Sportsmans Arms puplic house built for the miners of Silksworth in 1871 as Silksworth Colliery grew new houses were built for the miners and their families and not forgetting why The Sportsmans Arms built for the miners when they had finished their shifts and to socialise when not working

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Silksworth Colliery shaft was sunk in 1869 In 1871, according to the Census there were approx 800 people living in the Silksworth and Tunstall areas, the local area was mainly farmland and where most people worked on the land.

UC-157 F2

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Asparagus UC 157 F2

The unusual variety name of this Asparagus is actually the reference number name used by the University of California Davis researchers during the development of this outstanding hybrid. ‘UC 157 F2’ is one of the most popular varieties in the world. Plants display excellent disease resistance, produce an abundance of very uniform spears (more than many other varieties available) and the spears offer terrific flavor and texture. Asparagus plants are perennial. Their ferny texture adds a soft, airy feel to the garden and the plants provide a reliable spring harvest for years to come

Delicious when lightly steamed and covered with cheese sauce or melted butter. An excellent source of vitamins and minerals. May be canned or frozen for later use. Wash fruits, vegetables and herbs thoroughly before eating

Images of  Asparagus UC 157 F2 that I have grown from seed in my conservatory
Asparagus UC-157 F2   The unusual variety name of this Asparagus is actually the reference number name used by the University of California Davis researchers during the development of this outstanding hybrid. ‘UC 157 F2’ is one of the most popular varieties in the world. Plants display excellent disease resistance, produce an abundance of very uniform spears (more than many other varieties available) and the spears offer terrific flavor and texture. Asparagus plants are perennial. Their ferny texture adds a soft, airy feel to the garden and the plants provide a reliable spring harvest for years to come Delicious when lightly steamed and covered with cheese sauce or melted butter. An excellent source of vitamins and minerals. May be canned or frozen for later use. Wash fruits, vegetables and herbs thoroughly before eating    Re potting  
Asparagus UC 157 F2  Asparagus UC 157 F2  Asparagus UC 157 F2 one of the most grown asparagus in the world 
Asparagus UC 157 F2  UC 157 F2  Look at the healthy ferns of the UC 172 seedlings 
20180710 104417  Look at the healthy ferns of the UC 172 seedlings  Send order by email, fax, or snail mail. Download Order Form UC 157 F2 is a tried and true clonal HYBRID that has set the standard for yield and all of the spear qualilty characteristics of fresh green asparagus. Out yields open pollinated varieties.  It is the most widely planted fresh market variety in the world. It produces early all-green spears with tight tapering heads and can be harvested longer in high temperatures than other varieties. Tolerant to Rust and Fusarium and free of Asparagus Latent Virus  
This is an extremely easy perennial plant to raise cheaply from seed if you have a little patience which will reward you with prolific crops for many years with little effort. UC-157 F2 produces heavy yields of dark green asparagus spears. First introduced in 1978 It is still the most widely planted fresh market asparagus in the world. A good tolerance to Fusarium Wilt and Rust.  I love growing asparagus from seed  
A very popular variety of asparagus 
     

 

The origins of asparagus - Asparagus Officinalis

A distant cousin of the onion, the distinguished asparagus is also a member of the lilaceae family. Its history goes back as far as that of the leek and has been consumed for over 2000 years. This garden plant originated in the eastern Mediterranean countries and traces of wild varieties have been discovered in Africa. Archaeologists believe that it was also cultivated in Egypt.

In ancient Greece, asparagus was considered to be a plant with sacred and aphrodisiac virtues and the Greeks were interested in its biological and pharmaceutical qualities.

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek doctor, used asparagus to treat diarrhoea and pains of the urethra. This plant, in fact, contains asparagines which is known for it diuretic properties. The Romans, for their part, appreciated the plants gastronomic qualities. They ate it as an entrée or as a vegetable accompanying fish. Asparagus was largely forgotten during the Middle Ages but continued to be cultivated by the Arabs. Caesar’s legions returning from the Orient brought the asparagus back to Europe.

Starting in the 16th   century, asparagus was served in the royal courts of Europe and in the 17th century it was cultivated in France for Louis XIV who was, apparently, very fond of it. At that time, according to the records, it was the size of a swan’s feather and was grown solely for the requirements of the nobility. Only in the 18th century did the asparagus make its appearance on the local marketplace and in numerous culinary works.

Today, green asparagus is found in America and China. The white variety is cultivated mainly in Europe

Cultivation Advice VEGETABLE ASPARAGUS – UC 157 F2
Type: Perennial
Days To Germination: 14-15
Planting Depth: 1-1/2 inches
Spacing, Row: 36inches
Spacing, Plant: 12-18 inches
Plant Height: 30 inches
Light: Sunny or Partially Shaded
Sow as early as possible in the spring after soaking seeds overnight, 2-3 seeds per pot.
Optimum soil temperature for germination is 60-86 degrees.
When large enough to handle thin to the strongest plant, or transplant additional seedlings
Select a well-drained site with a sunny or partially shaded location.
When 3-4 inches plant out in raised rows 3ft apart, 12-18 inches between plants.
Plants should not be harvested until the second year and only lightly. Heavy cuttings are possible the third year.
Mulch the rows in autumn to protect the plants and provide nutrients as these are heavy feeder