Latest posts by Palaisglide

Rose advice

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:17

Cathy, like babies they need feed water and keeping clean. First check the plant is not pot bound drop it out of the pot and check root ball does not fill the pot tightly or the roots at the bottom are not curling tightly. If all ok then put it back in the pot water feed wIth a rose feed and leave. Should it need repotting only go slightly bigger a couple of inches. Clear some of the old soil from the root ball and pull some of the bottom roots free, repot with fresh compost around the root ball water well and leave.

Pruning is done in Autumn or spring, I cut about a third off the top of the plant in Autumn then prune to a bud in Spring removing any in growing or weak growth. Feed around every six weeks through summer, do not feed once dormant in winter though check the pot is not dry. Hope this helps.


Epsom salt

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 11:42

Working at ICI you picked up all kinds of useless knowledge .

MgSO4 Epsom salts, magnesium sulfer ( sulphur ) oxygen. Good for potato's tomato's roses carrots peppers even fruit trees, it is a trace element of chlorophyll  and takes in moisture from air hence the good effect it has on green leaves. It does not alter the PH of soil, only affecting the leaves of acid loving plants, as with all things there are a few myths connected to it.

Topping up my tomato pots every few weeks with good compost a spray with Epsom salts does wonders, easily soluble in water two tablespoons to a large watering can does the job.


Planting tomatoes outside, how tall should they be?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:48

I live in Stockton and the outdoor plants can go out now, we should not get another frost, fingers crossed. You say a balcony, fasten a wind shield to the rail on the prevalent side and have some fleece to cover lightly on very cold days. Mix some compost with granular fertiliser and dress the top of the pot, water in. Use tomato fertiliser when the first fruits set. I have a greenhouse for the main crop but have outdoor plants too, with some shelter they always crop well, the grandchildren love to pick them straight from the bush.


re-using compost in containers

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 16:12

If you have some home made compost take of the top of the container and mix some in with a little organic fertiliser then put it back. You should get a season of salad crop, cut and come again or small roots, it is what I have done for years, it works for me.


Securing an unstable dry stone wall?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 16:06

My point in my earlier post was to sort out the child's safety and keeping a young child back from an unsafe wall would be my first action, then sort out who is responsible. A few posts and possibly chicken wire is the quickest and cheapest way. Be safe not sorry.


Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 16:00

Sitting on the recliner with a glass in my hand after a busy morning, at my age you pace yourself. There is a lovely sheltered sun tra p at the bottom end you can disappear from the world for a while.


How can I move mature shrubs

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:40

Moved mature plants many times in all seasons, moving them now gives them warm months to settle and regrow. Always did the circle, no harder than just digging out. Water well first, trim off any loose growth or reduce the plant without killing it. Have the hole prepared then get it onto a plastic bag and drag it to the new position. Bed it in usually at the same root height it was before and water well for a week or so. It always worked for me, some of the mature shrubs have been all over the garden and still going strong.


Securing an unstable dry stone wall?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:32

Had some experience of dry stone walls, a sheep farm at Goathland N Yorks moors, once unstable they need taking down and rebuilding. With a young child or children who could not resist climbing then you need to fence them well away from the wall and any falling stone usually heavy. You may lose some garden although the child's safety is paramount. Away from the wall posts and chicken wire would be the cheapest way. Hope this helps.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:23

Yup, cleaned and refreshed the strawberries, hungry beasts so they got a feed, nearly took my fingers off snatching at it. Put a topping on the tomato's that gets done often through the season the reason they are only half filled at the start, they are all flowering some on more than one truss. Pots cleaned some cutting back, it was lovely, dull but warm after a sunny morning. Hard work at my age though I only feel it when  stop, that's gardening for you. 


Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 11:39

Vinegar  is certainly chemical, ICI had the Acitic acid plant of which most vinegar is made. They also made the chorine from brine and most household cleaners incorporate it, we are not free from chemicals and never will be. My Farther used a mix of vinegar salt and soap as weed killer although he dug most of them out, do not use it on lawns. You either use chemicals or grow a jungle. There are carcegens everywhere the worst being car exhaust are we who claim to be chemical free willing to start walking? I doubt it, use the correct chemical in the correct manner, wear a mask if needed we all have a choice. Me once chemical free, it did not work now use them sparingly as needed, also weed and feed my lawns three times a year, guilty as charged.


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