Latest posts by Palaisglide

Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 20:08

Hostafan, You were not giving the impression it is a waste of time you sound like a gardener to me all I ever wish to do is tell inexperienced gardeners why some things often have to be done. Getting a new garden up to scratch takes years not days as I found with my garden, I was double digging parts for nearly three years letting the frost do some of the work and worms do the rest luckily having a good supply of manure from my Sons horses, not every one has that. It is appalling that builders remove all the top soil from a site and sell keeping just enough to lay down six inches on compacted ground and roll out turf on it, the owners have no chance, we get questions on here how can we save such lawns, I try to be kind but truthful as well it hurts. Gardeners are a law unto themselves the only real freedom we have unless you are bitten by the fashion bug and go into the latest make over nonsense those programmes have a lot to answer for. Most newcomers to gardening did not have the Dads teaching them from an early age telling them it was play and by the questions we get have a lot to learn from us old hands who did come up with a spade instead of a teddy, that is where I aim Hostafan not at gardeners like you.


Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 14:41

Each to his own, as an engineer I learned early on if it is not broke do not fix it though when we did have to fix it it was done by the book, that way we only did the job once. No one tells you how to cultivate your own garden but I prefer a job done properly it gets results. Around me new people are moving in and want to grow their own, they have to undo some bad past gardening plus we see skips full of decking and pavings before they can find the garden. We do not live in the same place for ever do not build up hard work for the next person I say.


Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 13:09

We would need to ask one of the Agricultural Colleges Hostafan and what would it prove as we all have different soil, I live on a brick clay area and had to double dig to get through building rubble compounded clay from machinery (we bought new build 30 years ago) then loosen up the under clay to allow drainage, luckily we live at the top of a bank so the drainage went down hill across a falling field to a beck, double double digging. Most around went the other way building up with raised boxes and such. With many loads of manure from the farm plus digging in paper clothing the odd rabbit dead bird and an old dog we got a manageable garden. My Dad had a sand hill under his garden and was nearly two hundred years old with masses of manure from the start his top soil was three feet deep and yet with experience from years of digging he knew to double dig the root bed which with rotation meant every five years the same part got double dug then sometimes left fallow for a year. I never even after all my work got vegetables like he did so was that a good test, was it the soil, the masses of horse manure we used at home or just good husbandry on Dads part, we do not know and all the scientists could come up with different results, why change something that works I ask?


Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 12:27

Depends on what you are growing them for, show roots needed even then a tap root as long as the main body and showing was one of Dads hobbies along with his beloved Chrysanthemums and boxing he would go and watch all the boxing matches locally including my school, no H&S then. I would have thought it common sense not to dig near trees or shrubs our fruit trees were wall trained around three sides of the garden with a small orchard separate never dug. There are always more than one way to crack an egg, gardening is one of those pursuits with more opinions on  how to do things than any other, take the easy route and get a crop, do it right and get a super crop, it is up to each person how they do it and as mentioned above there are no easy ways if you want the best.


Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 10:45

David is correct, my father only did the double digging on the root bed, he used a rotation method so the root bed moved year by year. It allowed us to grow long perfectly straight veg which won him prizes at the local show. We did not use modern grow them in pipes back then. We also had a midden for our horse manure and compost so that bed got well fed. Potato's have to be earthed up so no point in double digging. Dad an old fashioned gardener fed the family and extended family from our large garden with a little help from me, he did not believe in wasting his time so used the double digging method once in a year on one plot in the rotation, to him it was common sense and good gardening, end of lesson.


Talkback: How to store herbs in ice cubes

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:34

Done it for years what is new about it, saves going out to the herb garden on cold wet days.


Wot's it all about.....?

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:30

Watching a programme about weather where samples were taken from ice trees rock and bogs our old world has been up and down like a yo yo. I well remember some very cold winters but the one a couple of years back with snow from November to March must count as the worst. Also known hot summers which seem to have vanished now. A bitter winter in 1940 was followed by a long hot summer and the Battle of Britain. 1944-5 was terrible then a hot summer, there have been many since with just downright miserable winters and summer. No one can predict them and personally think we have no influence over the weather what ever we do, Mother Nature does her own thing, why do we all think we can do a King Canute, he failed.


Double digging!

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:16

Double digging was what we did in Autumn from being old enough to hold a spade, as with any exercise you have to work at it until the time you can put your brain out of gear and it becomes easy. My Father always said let the spade do the work which means having the correct spade in the first place. They need to be measured to you, hight width  weight we are not all built the same, my spade is fifty years old after trying one or two. Letting the spade do the work means chop left, chop right, chop behind (mind your feet), then lever the sod free first then lift and throw breaking up each sod after throwing, you get into a rhythm imagine Strictly gardening. No it is not easy what activity ever is but very satisfying once you are in the right tempo thinking of the lovely rich patch you will have to sow your next summer produce. Good luck.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:39

Thanks SGL looking forward to the birth. PP, there are no rules as I well remember being told all the things I had not to do when visiting relatives, I of course broke all the rules immediately. My grandchildren come in totally relaxed, no do nots mean they do not feel hemmed in. Parents do need rules though my own children still say they never heard raised voices and were never hit by me. I did enough shouting on barrack squares and had I hit them being big and strong they would have been beheaded so it never happened.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:07

Kelly, Georgia, Helen Anita and Jay will rise to the top and fight it out although the GBP can throw a spanner in the works. Kirsty was second lowest Jamelia did the better dance off but should never have been in it.


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