Latest posts by Palaisglide

Why is my parffin heater making my greenhouse full of soot?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:12

Jackie, the wick is far too high, it needs to be just showing above the wick holder. The wick should also be trimmed each time you light it, cut the charred bit from the top of the wick turn it up to light it then down to burn.

unless you have a large stove with double wick consider it as a frost guard, it will not heat the full greenhouse. Standing under a staging with covered seed trays should however give enough warmth to germinate most seeds. Hope this helps.


Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:20

Gardens like fashions change over the years. Monty bless him admitted that area has lain dormant for a long time, it probably came as a good idea to keep the programme rolling, if we all had acres of garden then we could all do it.

My way is to put insect blocks around under bushes, leave the odd pile of brush in a hidden corner and make sure my hedgehogs can get under the cabin. The pond is a small urn with a pump and couple of plants. Bird tables and water baths for the birds, all small though the effort is being made though I do ask myself why. Living on the edge of fields dropping to a stream and a small wood in view,  the wild life does its own thing around here. Still if the spirit is willing why not.


Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:04

Hello Jennie and welcome, always ask the question you will get an answer from the good people on this board.

Right children love things they can pick and eat so start your 4year old off with strawberries, peas, baby carrots. All can be planted by children along the edges of your boxes. I did that with my grand children, still do they love it. Buy your strawberry plants from a garden centre or nursery, you will get some fruit this year that way though more the next two years. Peas they pick from the bush and eat from the pod and why not they planted them. A small carrot variety will be quick growing and so sweet straight from the ground washed.

For your self divide the boxes into sections and plant rows of seed or plants, salad stuff such as lettuce or cut and come again salad crops can be sown on a fortnightly gap to give you greens for all summer and even into winter. Keep a diary and rotate your crops on a yearly basis, that means do not grow the same crop in the same place year on year, I used a four year cycle as one crop can feed the soil for the next years crop.

One tip be mean with your planting, a glut you cannot use or give away is heartbreaking, little and often and more interesting. Good luck, get some seed down, yes you will lose some though what grows will make up for it, eternal optimists us gardeners.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 14:50

Thank you everyone, fit well and busy the only way to exercise brain and body, at my age much needed. Had a long running effort on local history board, keeps me up to speed memory wise, may be read in the future by others interested in the rapid changes in life style since I was a lad.

Country and Western being played as this is written better go saddle up then.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:03

Thank you Lily, back to gardening, lots to do, helps keep me fit, little dog from next door sitting on the back of my chair licking my ears. We just mind him, like the grandchildren he goes home eventually.

Regards Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 13:52

Beaus Mum, posted a reply to you on the other thread, nice of you to worry old soldiers fade away, very gradually so a few years yet.

Listening to Heidrun Dolde on the Yamaha organ, memories of when I had one though not as good. Found my old long playing discs of Bert Kaempfert, had forgotten Swinging Safari was so good, sorry David " we cannot all have the same taste in music" what ever turns you on as they say.



Posted: 19/03/2015 at 13:41

Hello Beaus Mum, aseries of six month after hospital checks, passed with flying colours no further action needed the letters say. At this point again thank you NHS all the talks and examinations on time and plenty of feed back, could not ask for better.

A new kitchen took time, daughters insisted, lovely and better still well under budget, the food tastes the same.

Lawn cut today, it is sunny and fairly warm seeds to go in, strawberries to clean up and start off, a final pruning of some shrubs, herb bed to attend to, yes spring has sprung.



Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:39

Hello Dove, now spring has at last arrived, (tongue in cheek, we can still be caught out up here in the wild North ) we can get on with gardening. All the signs are there the forsythia full of buds, daf's standing tall ready to open, life returns thank goodness.



Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:29

Hello Lizzie, here in the NE of England winter drags a bit we cannot start as early as the South, like the hedge hogs I hibernate you cannot talk about what you are not doing. Add to that a new fitted kitchen plus the clean up after and time was at a premium. Today the sun is shining, two lots of washing blowing in the wind, the steak for tea coming to room temperature with some lovely fresh veg (from the farm shop not mine) and some chips a quick tea.

It will be back to seed sowing with the sweet peas going in pots, my way is four to a six inch pot and leave them in the pot until time to plant out, sow more seed in the ground as I plant thus they keep coming for a long season.

Can you get catch up Lizzy, it is worth seeing.


lean-to greenhouse

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:49

Have you thought of the access, it would need to be from the front only. I would buy some timber make a frame fastened to the wall then use plastic or bubble wrap curtains. That would allow access, they could be opened on warm days, keep heavy rain off the plants, probably be warmer than a cold greenhouse and less expensive. Old plastic covers or bubble wrap are easily renewed if damaged or discoloured. You could also build a shelf unit into the frame.

Just a thought that may help.


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