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Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 10:36

Stockton, sunshine blue sky and windows open as it is warm.
I can see the misty shape of the Cleveland hills and they are glowing, I would say it is not too bad a day.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 14:24

Stockton on Tees, very miserable and grey, never mind my Daughters have been so the sun shone in the house, it is winter after all but will soon be spring.


A mild annoyance

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 14:19

You can use garden soil riddled then into a micro wave or into a bucket and boiling water poured on it to sterilise the soil.
Drain the water and dry out then mix with washed sand and you have a perfect seed mix, I also add some fine grit for drainage.
When doing a lot of trays use riddled potting compost with washed sand and fine grit, one third of each although for some seed I use only a quarter compost, most seed will germinate in damp sand, when I spilt some tomato seed on my hot sand bed I had better results than from the actual seed trays.
As a lad we did not have bespoke compost so it was all done with soil, we had no problems with that so why do otherwise?


The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 10:56

Sue H, Teenagers go their way then come back with add ons, Hi dad just popped in (with all family) "oh if there is enough we will stay" they know there is always enough. Smart Grandson puts two feet firmly in it "why can't we have food like this at home mum" nasty looks all round.
Sunday gardening or TV is a dream around these parts though I do have all the rest of the week being retired.


The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:46

Wish I had time to watch TV on a Sunday morning David, chance would be a good thing, I am just sitting down at half two replete from a roast lunch, the stuffing would be getting made when the programme was on.
I do have some Video of the old garden programmes but need to convert them to DVD and digital having bought a new TV and disc player at Christmas, meanwhile anyone else arriving gets their own tea I am finished for the day.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 14:38

Kate is correct adding compost and roots from old pots is an automatic reaction for me. Collecting a bag of well rotted manure from my Son I add that as well it all helps.
Those with Daleks can get in with a fork or even a crow bar, shuffle it around shake the bin and if possible spin it on its bottom edge when it is still light, once it gets heavy tipping it out and throwing it back will be best
I also store natural water or recycled water, Old Speckled Hen beer recycled (Ladies does not work) in an old milk container to add to the watering can when I am damping the compost after turning.
A handful of granular fertiliser added sparingly will also speed things up or use up any Tomorite you have left over well diluted, it is like a good stew, we all have different ways and ingredients but it all comes out tasting good, "err" I do not advise tasting the compost, especially if using recycled beer.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:15

Hollie, you have a right to be pleased, you did what a lot of people fail to do simply because they forget it.
All things need some help and compost definitely does. When you have a spare half hour tip it all out mix it and put it back, with a Dalek once a month although it would depend on how much new stuff you add in that time, once it is fairly full let it take its course.
That really is the reason I have two on the go one to fill one to use, Monty has four and tosses it from one to the other down the line to get perfect compost. My Son has one long one, plenty of room in the farm yard and adds the new stuff to the front we take the old from the back. It all works the Dalek being the basic takes longer, I would expect compost from it in six months as you tell us it is where it can get the sun to warm it up.
The one thing you should not do is use it for seed trays unless you can sterilie it, another story.


Sharpening tools

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 10:59

The best way is to keep a tin of machine oil, a small tin is cheap and will last a long time. Clean and wipe your tools dry after use then wipe a light coat of oil on them. All my tools are years old and still going strong.
A rub with a fine file will put the edge back on Secateurs, there will be a flattish edge on the blade just before the cutting edge so rub the file from the back of the blade towards the cutting edge taking off any burrs. Then take a spanner to the centre nut and bolt and nip it up until you feel a little pressure as you press the handles together. Give them a good oiling and hang them up, it is best to hang all tools, you know where they are and they are not lost under a heap of something.
A lawn mower blade can be sharpened the same way, run a fine file from the back of the blade to the cutting edge in circular sweeping movements, you will get the hang of it after a few runs finish with a bit of fine sand paper and oil, I even oil the wood shafts of all my tools.
Hope this helps.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 21:55

Hollie everything given time will eventually rot down, the large industrial heaps will rot down in six weeks, they have lots of heat and turned on a regular basis with a JCB.
I would expect good compost in three months Spring and Summer, six months Autumn Winter.
Well done on getting compost although had you turned the bin out onto a plastic sheet shaken it up and put it back you could possibly have had compost in six months.
Not everything will rot quickly so I shovel my compost through a sieve throwing the lumps back into the bin, it will make compost in time.


personal experience on composting

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:16

Sam, it is not pestering it is a search for knowledge, we all do it one way or another, sharing experience is what it is about.
I will answer the same question on the board time and again because the people asking either do not know or do not know how to find the answer. I have a well used stock of books ancient and modern plus having learnt gardening at my Fathers side many moons ago now.
Always happy to share that knowledge Sam and as to compost it is not quantum physics it is common sense and the three golden rules, air heat and moisture and as Bob says a good hefty turning now and again, better than a weekend at the Gym.


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