Latest posts by Palaisglide

MOB rants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:03

Fairygirl/Daughter, Language, I discovered you can get your message over very firmly without resorting to bad language so behave.
Had a four month run in with Santander and after getting no answers withdrew what I had with them and placed in the other Bank I have been with since a child with my solid round piggy bank that took pence, three penny bits and tanners.
I also dropped them as my insurers so last week I got a phone call, "would I answer a quick quiz on my assessment as to how the call centre handled my calls"???
They got  a firm reply and no I did not use one foreign word in the process.
Blackest, I know why they infuriate us but it still rankles, if they can check at the till that I have paid too much then the till could also deduct that amount why not.


Feeding Seedlings and Plug Plants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:16

In general you do not feed plug plants and never seedlings.
Drop one of the plants out of the pot and check the root, if they are getting pot bound (a thick mass of white root at the bottom) then pot them on if it is too early to plant them out.
Seeds will grow in wet sand and do not really need food like babies you have to increase the food by potting on to a richer mix.
My mix for seeds one third compost one third washed sand one third fine grit.
For the pricking out one Half compost one quarter sand one quarter grit.
Final potting on three quarters compost and a quarter sand and grit mixed.
Not all varieties grow at the same pace and not all the same variety depends on sun water and shelter from the prevailing winds.
If you are really worried then put a spoonful of soluble fertiliser in a watering can and water the compost a little, fertiliser used at strength will give you plenty of green growth but no flowers.


MOB rants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 09:58

RANT, why oh why am I sitting here looking at £8 of money of my next shop tickets for T____ plus a £5 off you next shop over £40???
They say my comparable shop elsewhere would have been cheaper????
Then why the h@#@ don't they just drop the prices on that day, I have yet another one for Saint berry who apparently do the same, I at times wonder if it is me or them off their trolley's.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 09:51

Stockton on Tees, bright and sunny although some cloud rolling over, very warm.


water those poor souls!

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 09:48

Nutcutlet, move the pots to a sheltered area water them well with some soluble fertiliser in the can. Keep them just damp and let the sunshine build up the bulbs through the leaves, never cut the leaves, tie them in knots or any of the other old wives tales just let them die down naturally this takes six to eight weeks.
Drop the bulbs out of the pots and check them over then I hang them from the garage rafters in a net bag, (old veg bag).
Put them in the ground back end of September, three bulb depth down and leave after watering in.


Hello i'm new and would like advice

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 10:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I didn't know Mountain Ash were poisonous

Mountain ash or Rowan are Sorbus aucuparia they have small white flowers in spring and then masses of fruit in Autumn usually yellow though orange and red in some species. The builders of our estate planted them in every other garden a dwarf variety and very tempting to children who could reach and pick the berries.
They probably would not kill you but will make you very ill so people with children cut them down and those of us with them on the front took them out.
Now the children have grown and most gone so the odd Rowan is creeping back, I like them, just need to be careful with young children is all.


What's the best way to shade a greenhouse?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 10:09

Julie, you are welcome, that is why we post on this site to pass on our knowledge usually gained by making big mistakes.
I was lucky in that my Father was a very keen gardener so it was drummed into me from an early age, then of course we often get castigated for being old fashioned by some, it worries me not.
Every few years we old timers come into our own such as now people are throwing out decking and patio's to plant up vegetable gardens, the need to eat cuts through all the modern fads.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:59

Stockton on Tees, part cloud part sun being blasted with the high wind at least it is warm.


MOB rants

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 19:32

I get all my footwear at Clark's, they last for years, are solid for walking, never leak or fall apart.
I love to see my Daughters face when I ask for a particular shoe and it comes out with a label saying £95, "DAD" she does not know I have been on line checked out they were in a sale and the new price can be half.
Last time the girl put them through the till and said £50 just as the manager came to the till, no he said we took another £10 off today. Daughter is still moaning I can get three pairs for that, maybe so but she will have a lot of pairs of shoes in the lifetime of mine, I call that economy.
Years of army boots gave me good feet and apart from the odd touch of gout that is still so today, good feet deserve good shoes.


Can I save my spring/summer bulbs

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:22

Liz, Spring bulbs need to be in the ground by mid October, the reason being they need a cold spell to waken them up, Hyacinths in pots for Christmas have been in a fridge to prepare them and start them off to bloom early.
You can grow bulbs in deep pots and even mix them and I do that as well as planting in the beds, they would go in as usual in September October and be left to winter.
Soil only a spit deep needs some work, why is it only a spit deep, builders rubble? clay? or other? would like some feed back on that.
A solution is to raise the beds either with slabs, bricks, or boards and put some good soil into the raised area, we are only talking six to nine inches higher and you could then deep plant bulbs and leave them then bedding on top after the bulbs are done.
It sounds as if you have lost your bulbs although you could pop them into pots with fresh compost and wait to see what happens.
next Autumn you will be able to buy bags full of bulbs and get them into the ground or deep pots ready for the arrival of Spring which this year in my part of the Country is four weeks late.


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