Latest posts by Palaisglide

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Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 13:21

Coming from a time Vermiculite had not been invented or even thought of as being necessary for raising plants vegetables or fruit in a garden that had fed the family for a hundred years before i was born. I often wonder what happened to that modicum of common sense we are all born with, or not as the case may be. Why use it? Drainage? we used grit washed sand shredded paper chopped straw it all worked in a garden that was essential for feedings us and the extended family. No, well why? to make pots lighter? as a ten year old I would slip a Sack barrow under a large pot and move it easily to where it needed to be, I just do not get it. As an Army Engineer and later a Chemical factory Engineer i could go into most houses in the country and make poisonous gas from what you use to clean the house with, make a bomb from ingredients you store in the pantry, all things you use daily and think nothing of yet very dangerous. The point being we live on chemicals of one sort or another from salt and sugar in foods to medication, our gardens are one large chemical plant changing the soils and feeding nutrients in chemical form to all life growing there. If you do not like the make up of something then do not use it. Vermiculite as with all the other chemical additives we eat or use daily will only kill you if you eat it twice a day with custard.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 09:24

Sunshine and blue sky from very early over Stockton on Tees, it is clear over the river valley to the Hills. Looking down to the woods there is a slight steamy mist rising over them, the Squirrels will be sunbathing and the beck side a cloud of yellow and white as the wild garlic pushes up and flowers. Memories of walking Benji.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 13:08

Stockton on Tees the weather is up and down like a yo-yo. Woke to sunshine, shower and breakfast not at the same time, ready to go for a hair cut and it clouded over. Now it is bright and warm though it may have been sunny and i could not see it through my fringe of long hair, well I can see it now. I asked the Barber if he did HP he said not now if Labour get in and Tax business he will sell up and leave, makes you think.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 09:35

Stockton, long sleeves back on as it is cooler, rain during the night. The Peony's have really shot up and are now in bud waiting to open just as the wind storms arrive, get the stakes in lad, stop idling about, as Dad would have said.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:54

Dove, Snap, same here in Stockton on Tees though still quite warm. "Oh" well stay inside and sort all the wedding photo's on the computer, busy enhancing cutting and sorting, wonderful tools these mac Books.


Removing weeds in paths without weedkiller

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:59

Working at ICI opened your eye's to what went into all those wonder weed killers, almost all have Salt NaCI Sodium Chloride and Ascetic Acid CH3COOH, I remember as a lad being told to de-weed the paths in the garden, we had plenty of salt for curing bacon and I would make up a mix of salt vinegar and warm water to dissolve the salt then water the path with a spray nozzle, it worked yet I never saw it cause any loss of plants close to the path. When you consider the garden is one giant chemical plant in the reaction of the soil the growing of the plants and plants themselves I cannot see how you can be chemical free.


Ant Farms

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:44

Obelixx said it all. In my Fathers garden with very old walls the ants lived in all winter then emigrated to his plants he did not pull any punches. A drop of petrol on the nest and a match, any one for grilled ant?


Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 13:32

Stockton on Tees, you would have needed arc lamps to take photo's here. Dark early then sunshine and now almost dark again, we seem to have one errant cloud over us that refuses to move on. No water shortage here.


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 11:17

Ladybird, I learned in my youthful shenanigans that boozing and courting were not compatible companions, I would know my own Daughters, "i think"?

"oh" and my English Teacher at High School taught me that there are many words beginning X-Y-Z so prepare to be amazed, "err" maybe !


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 10:42

Ladybird, you sound just like my Daughters, DAD !!!!!!?


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