Latest posts by Palaisglide

soil where does it go

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 12:26

Audrie, worry not, soil will move.
You mix it then put it in the pot or tray and it will be full of air, as you water the seed in and it settles yes it will sink.
I mix my seed mix then fill the pot tray and tap it lightly on the bench to settle it then  top up if needed, scatter the seed and cover lightly with sieved compost or grit.
The compost needs to be porous for the seedlings to push the roots down although some roots can pass through concrete.
Most soil compost will be fibrous and will sink when dry or swell when wet, just keep your pots and trays moist, too much water can kill seedlings.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:29

Zoomer cross dressing is not me although on Sunday I will wear a PINK tie, the first and very last time for as short a time possible whilst trying to keep my wedding breakfast down, Take the photo's now as it is a very short window.
My Daughter is getting married and having got me all sorted out with much reluctance on my part came up with all the men in PINK ties??? Why???
I have a feeling my wedding speech will show "I am not amused" and may need several beers disguised as Champagne to keep me happy.

Stockton fine sunny and warm, greenhouse open both ends and when I finish the wedding speech, remove all the swear words, I will be out there enjoying it.


Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:19

Seed packets would normally have all the information on them although it is often in shorthand speak, Specialists like Sarah probably think you know enough and would be insulted if they offered advice.
I have never soaked seeds or chitted them (sweet peas) there is more guff written about those than anything else, I pop the seeds into deep pots water and leave and that is in spring not midwinter. Once planted out I sow  seed between each plant and they follow on no problem.
Seeds do need differing temperatures and take different times to mature though when I do on occasion buy special seed I read it up first in the RHS Encyclopedias, better safe than sorry.
Seed sold in this country has a lot of different weather patterns to cope with so times and temperatures are often nominal, they cannot win them all.


MOB rants

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:03

Mummy MP, Told you that there were friends on here you can pour it out when down and know we listen
The problem with ME is half the doctors do not believe it and the other half have no idea what it is, it is very real yet not much done on the research side. I did see there could soon be a blood test only the patient has to be stressed before it can be taken?
I love my young grandchildren but they go home at night, they could be stressful in larger doses.

"Oh well" a lovely sunny day here greenhouse open both ends and I will be out there after I have written my speech for Daughters Wedding Sunday. She asked if I had written it yet I said yes although when I took out all the bad language it was "Hello goodbye" I can see it now, "he is not going to show us all up!!! again?
Well yes that is what dads do, they bring them back down to earth from their over the rainbow moments and clip their wings and ears if need be.
After my last speech the best man stood up and said "I cannot follow that" and sat down again, there had been a lot of laughter, "err" I do not know if it was with me or at me.


MOB rants

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 15:35

As with us all Mummy, at 45 I could out run all the youngsters in my unit over long distance and hold my own in games and Gym, they were very unfit when they joined up and a lot smoked, were overweight, had never had a hands on job.
I did not have to do any of it as a WO1 and past 43 although my way was to do everything they did only better, now well into retirement it has all changed.
Gardening most of today with a few sit downs in the sun, little and often gets the job done and I enjoy what I do though it is a mere drop in the lake to what I once did.
The lady over the road asked me how things were after a long list of what was wrong with her, she is ten years younger, my reply, I take the pills and forget it.
I know about villagers, you are still an incomer fifty years on, I never conformed to that, new people new stories to hear new interests, it is upwards and onwards not stick in the same old mud. Being or feeling alone does make you dwell on things, "hey" you have friends on here.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 12:56

Bev, you are not the only one although wearing a sundress in my case may give the neighbours the wrong idea.
I have a suntrap spot at the bottom of the garden and sat awhile enjoying the sun with Sonny the Jack Russel Corgi at my feet, very relaxing apart from seeing all the jobs that need doing.


Planting Tomato

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:47

Jason, afraid you lost me on that, do you mean to plant Tomato's into grass?
We grow Tomato's in pots and many other things too, as to where you put the pots depends on shelter from prevailing winds and the amount of sunshine they will get on a daily basis.
My own are in a green house which you obviously do not have although out door tomato's are easily grown in pots.
If you are thinking of digging up some of the grass then remove the turf and store it grass down somewhere it will become good compost. Dig over the strip and add drainage grit and plenty of compost then plant up the tomato's and water.
On the information you give this is all guess work although one way of doing things.


advice on seed compost

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:36

Gillybean, you said it heavy and full of debris not really seed compost.
My personal use is John Innes Number two, that is a recipe made up by several compost makers. A small bag of washed sand and small bag of small agricultural grit from any Garden Centre.
I have a mixing tray but a bucket or old dish will do, mix one scoop of JI compost one scoop washed sand and one scoop of grit and mix it well. This will be damp but not wet, if you dip a finger in it will come out with strands of soil on and not muddy.
Fill your trays or pots loosely, just give the tray or pot a tap on the bench, do not compress the compost. Scatter the seed and cover lightly with sieved compost or light grit, water with a Rose on the watering can, I water from the bottom in a tray of water for a few minutes, not soaking just damp on the top of the tray.
All seeds do need different conditions for germination, some very warm, some medium warm and some no need for artificial heat, read the packet for a guide.
Never over water, as soon as the seedlings have true leaves then pot on.
Two scoops of compost one scoop of grit one scoop of washed sand is the mix I use for that, your final pot on is just compost or into the ground.

Hope this helps Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:17

Mummy Muddy Paws I understand your frustration, it is good to get it out in a rant although you do not need pots of money for a good garden.
Yes there has always been enough for me to spend if I wished although I did not apart from a top of the line greenhouse which more than paid its way over the last thirty years.
As to the rest more than half of the established plants and shrubs are gifts or cuttings from friends or family gardens including a couple from the old walled garden of my youth. I collect seed and buy the odd plant from the sale rack of the GC usually on their last legs I love bringing them back to life. Plenty of practice at that as Daughters bring me plants asking me to help when all life has gone from them.
I was avid DIY with a garage full of things that may come in useful and made planters raised beds benches and sand beds, I do know you could not manage some of that but obviously you do have plenty of short cut tips up your sleeve.
We avid gardeners find ways round most problems and enjoy beating the odds, this year I very nearly gave up, most were four weeks behind we in the North East nearly six, now my greenhouse is full, the tomato's ready for the large pots, sweet peas ready to nip out Asters standing tall, Beans peas and Strawberries glowing plus two boxes of good compost from last year to mulch with, does life get better I ask.
Chin up girl.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 09:55

Stockton on Tees, woke to bright sunshine, opened both ends of the greenhouse to let a breeze through and everything looks very healthy.
I often wonder if later sowings do not get on much better than the early ones. Double figures temp so no complaints.


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