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Post  boffer 4/19/2010, 1:57 pm

I hear that the French airports are closed because of the volcano-just wondering what other effects it's having...
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Post  Mirjam 4/19/2010, 2:54 pm

Haha, over here in Holland we're fine I guess, we just can't fly anywhere Smile Luckily I hadn't planned to anyway. Air traffic is slowly starting up again in the safe zones (they're gonna fly around the ash cloud now), but other than that the volcano hasn't bothered us in Holland. The ash is supposed to start coming down one of these days, but I don't think we will really notice.
Did nothing of it get blown your way, i.e. to the US?
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Post  boffer 4/19/2010, 3:07 pm

Not that I've heard of so far. I was living in Washington state in the late eighties when Mt. St. Helens blew her top. On the downwind side, they had several inches of ash on the ground for a long time.
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Post  Mirjam 4/19/2010, 3:10 pm

wow...several inches! I don't think it will be that much here, Iceland is a long way from here, with a lot of sea inbetween...
But it may even be improving the soil, or am I mistaken about that?
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Post  organicgardeningzen.com 4/19/2010, 4:35 pm

I spent my summers on my grandparent's farm just outside of Portland when I was a kid, so I was there right after Mt. St. Helens erupted and every year after for several years. The ash was definitely inches deep and stuck around for a L - O - N - G time...
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Post  boffer 4/19/2010, 4:55 pm

I wasn't into gardening then so I don't know about the soil amendment. But I went camping outside of Moses Lake two years after, and there was still inches of ash on the ground.

It was scary times even for those of us not in any danger from the lava flow. Every semi-truck in the country full of dust masks and car air filters was pointed in our direction!
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Post  Wyldflower 4/19/2010, 5:02 pm

I don't think that volcanic ash is a good thing for gardens.... it's mostly mineral, not carbon-based (such as from a fireplace, which would be good to add alkaline to an acid soil).

Check this website for more info from the US Geologic Survey

The whole article is good, but especially scroll down to the section on "Effects on arable crops"


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Post  PeeVee 4/19/2010, 5:09 pm

My sister-in-law is stuck in Houston since last thursday. She went to the airport everyday around 7 am everyday but no luck so far. Some guys from work also got stuck in the USA (Kingsport, tennessee) and Istanbul. Starting tommorow things wil improve i hear... Keep our fingers crossed here...
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Post  camprn 4/19/2010, 8:27 pm

I wish I was stuck in Istanbul! I loved traveling in Turkey. I am heading to San Antonio tomorrow for a wedding, which is on Friday. The sister of the groom has been trying to get out of Europe for days. She hopefully will be able to take the train from Zurich to Rome then fly from there, arriving during the rehearsal dinner. Fingers crossed:!: By the way, I am so gonna miss my garden!!! Shocked
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Post  LaFee 4/20/2010, 5:09 pm

It's been clear skies and gorgeous weather here -- there is NO ash in the Paris region.
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Post  rosiejoe 5/2/2010, 9:54 am

Hello from Ireland

I am new to SFG and am wondering if there are any other SFG people in Ireland? When I figure out how to upload pictures I will share my efforts with you all! I find this forum excellent and am learning loads!

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Post  camprn 5/2/2010, 10:40 am

@rosiejoe wrote:Hello from Ireland

I am new to SFG and am wondering if there are any other SFG people in Ireland? When I figure out how to upload pictures I will share my efforts with you all! I find this forum excellent and am learning loads!rosiejoe

Céad Míle Fáilte! glad you\'re here I wish I was in Ireland just now! Someday I will get back there.
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Post  timwardell 5/2/2010, 12:39 pm

@rosiejoe wrote:Hello from Ireland
I am new to SFG and am wondering if there are any other SFG people in Ireland? When I figure out how to upload pictures I will share my efforts with you all! I find this forum excellent and am learning loads!
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Hi rosiejoe. Welcome to the Forum. I was just in the gallery and saw the photos of your SFG. Are those hula hoops (the kid's toy) you are using to hang your row netting? That's a GREAT (and colorful) idea!
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Post  rosiejoe 5/2/2010, 2:24 pm

Yes - I used hula hoops
They cost 2 euro each and are rather effective in keeping the pigeons at bay! Needs must and all that! Everybody OK there? Icon_biggrin
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Post  jtwenting 5/18/2010, 3:08 am

@Mirjam wrote:wow...several inches! I don't think it will be that much here, Iceland is a long way from here, with a lot of sea inbetween...
But it may even be improving the soil, or am I mistaken about that?

Bit late, but a little info on volcanic ash Smile

Yes, it MAY improve soil, depending on composition.
The ash spewed out by Mnt St Helens and Vesuvius for example are very good fertiliser.
Sadly the ash generated by the Icelandic eruption is anything but good fertiliser.
In higher concentrations (here in the Netherlands and most or all mainland Europe concentrations were negligable, the airspace closures a billion Euro farce caused by someone panicking and putting out an alarm, then noone for a week having the guts to lift it) it can ruin soil, destroy plant life.

It's extremely corrosive and high in (among others) sulfuric acid.

Luckily the ashcloud was stratospheric here, heavily diluted, and blowing over at a rate of over 30mph, so there was no ashfall.
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Post  kiwirose 5/18/2010, 9:02 am

and I bet you could lay some 6mil plastic over them to make mini hot houses and extend the season if you wanted. They are great - hmmm, dollar store hear I come I think Everybody OK there? Icon_lol
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