Latest posts by Palaisglide

Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:31

Red Dahlia, get a plastic bag put some soil in the bottom and drop your bucket in the bag. The potato's grow on the Haum which is the bit that grows out of the seed potato, you earth up to stop light getting to the new potato's and turning them green, never eat green potato's as they contain Ptomaine a deadly poison.
You can now earth up your potato's until just some top green leaf is showing, they will shoot up so earth up until flowers show then let them ripen remembering to water well once bagged up, a couple of slits in the base of the plastic bag will let the excess water out.
Watering, keep some of your large pop bottles, before you go away water the plants well, fill the pop bottle with water then either drill a hole in the screw cap and upend it in the plant pot or put a material wick into the bottle with the screw cap off and upend it in the pot, the water will seep out when the compost dries and lets air into the water, if the soil is wet the air cannot seep into the bottle releasing the water.
It works on hanging baskets too.

advise needed

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:58

Nicholas, you only learn by asking and we all started at the bottom. Make sure your grow-house is in a sheltered spot preferably facing west and out of prevailing winds, wind chill is the killer as well as too much heat.
Leave it closed on cold or cool days and open if warm for air to circulate, if you are at work all day then open it up in the morning and close at night.
We are all as Monty Don said tonight at least twenty days behind and we are all sowing seed late, it will come later and be there when it would normally have gone over so we should still be eating tomato's in October, that is quite regular here in the North East of England.
Leave your onions until the soil warms a bit then put them in the ground, the less disturbance they get the better.


Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:46

Cut the large bottles in half and you have two cloches all be one has a cork in it.
If it is cold leave them on if warm lift them or tilt them open with a pebble or stick, yes they work.
When using a tray put a stick in each corner and maybe a couple in the middle and drape clear plastic over the tray, pebbles on the bottom overlap of the plastic holds it in place a bit of tape round the top of the stick stops it puncturing the plastic, lift one side if warm and remember to turn the box each day if possible. Food bags make very handy cloches over single pots with four sticks round the edges to hold the bag up and one of those elastic bands the postmen throw away round the base. It all helps.


MOB rants

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:23

G/G, I plugged a hand held mouse in to my laptop when I had problems with the built in mouse and it worked a treat apart from having somewhere solid to move it on, a table mat came in handy. My problem turned out to be crumbs, a good clean cured it.


garden rake

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Agnes, I ask why.
The action all my gardening life was lift and push the rake away from you then drop and rake back towards you. Even with hinged tines you would still have to lift the rake or else the tine bar would push stuff away from you.
When raking for a seed bed I keep some lift in the rake and stroke backwards and forwards to get a tilth.
I have two rakes one with flexi tines for leaves and lawns and one with fixed tines for other jobs like raking after hoeing, it comes in handy to lean on and peruse the garden whilst planning the next move, well that is my excuse.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:58

Hello Jo, I am back it was a quick fix although will still buy a new computer this is long in the tooth now.
Stockton is cold and damp around 6'C with a promise of better tomorrow although as the words in the song South of the Border, "tomorrow never comes", my head is full of old songs, I played them so often and the piano got a work out while waiting for the new power cord.


Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:50

And that folks is why I like Monty, he tells it as it is being there to advise new and old gardeners he told them it was no good planting out yet.
In my neck of the woods visiting the local Nursery the shelves were bare, a gardener said they had held back on seed sowing this year and would not put stuff out to frost.
I will sow seed, it will come when the frosts are finished and be there late into Autumn, meanwhile we have established plants bushes and trees so stick some pots into the bare patches with flowers in them and change when the flowers finish. Old gardeners know all the tricks so let us tell the young ones how.


MOB rants

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:41

Blackest (I wrote backrest not thinking) I keep my son well away from my laptop, it takes me a day to find everything if he has been on it, my grandson is not too bad it only takes me half a day to get back.
He was in computing in the RAF then worked for the MOD where they had to invent computers then program them for specific jobs some to do with rocketry. If you could see his computer wall, and that is what it is, made up from old bits and pieces mixed with the latest stuff, it was him who offhandedly said the Acer would do what I wanted?
Cinnamon added to Honey is a good cure all. Chrome has me puzzled so I stick to what I know and learnt at Computer school where I mastered the Apple and loved it, do not think they are worth so much more than a normal computer is all.
As to my Granddaughters and their up to date icky phones, they are talking to me and their thumbs going twenty to the dozen, I said future generations will be born with two long thumbs and no fingers. One was watching me on the laptop and commented, Granddad you use all your fingers to type? "err" yes what other way is there? Oh well they are the future and welcome to it as far as I am concerned.


MOB rants

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:50

Blackest started with a desk top then a Dell that gave me four years and is still being used as back up by my Daughter. The Toshiba has given five years service with nothing serious going wrong, it is just too slow now.
Son runs Linux for research and work, I write reams on History local and national when asked plus making a complete history of the family for the family so a good keyboard essential. do not use glasses apart from bad light so not worried about screen pixels.
Those ipod things go mad when I touch them, Daughter handed it to me to see some photo's they vanished quick time.
I am not in a rush now as the power cord works everything although the batteries are duff will wait for the sales and go with Toshiba again, there are a couple of 17.5 screen with plenty of storage on the £400 + Mark but this one was marked down £90 when I bought it as a new version was coming out, could work again at the right time.
My Mobile a clam shell five years old pay as you go will stay with me until it dies, I was the only one getting a signal when we were in Scotland among the hills, the modern go mad touch everything at X£ a month had to rely on me.


MOB rants

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 17:19

Acer was just looking and the replies say it all. My current one is Toshiba on Vista which I love, certainly an improvement over windows 7, still it is five years old which in Laptop terms warrants a telegram from the Queen.
Back to Toshiba I think although no rush now I am back on line, had HP in my office so many years ago now we had to reinforce the desk big ugly and to me a waste of time and paper
At computer school I used the Apple as no one else would go on it, thought it a wonderful machine and program but why so costly compared with other well known names.
Will wait for the sales when the children are back at school, mine are away caravanning in the Lake District.


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