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Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 12:17

Stockton was dark dull and wet this morning although the sun is now trying hard, it has brightened a lot.
The Grandchildren just left so it was a sunny morning to me.


Composting and wormery

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 16:05

All I can say Artjak is my bins have been up and running in this garden for 28 years and never a sign of a rat and before that several gardens with never a sign of a rat.
My problem is the snails think it a five star hotel so I take a bucket of water and domestos to rid them of the idea, never fancied eating them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 11:41

We normally go for a walk on the beach David with the dogs, all the family gather, the dogs love it the kids play and all wrapped up we do not feel the East wind off the North Sea, this year they have called it off a couple with flu (I have the jab) and a bit much for a couple of the older dogs, not including me so I may go on my own.

Still clear sky and sunny nothing much to do in the garden, nothing on TV may go and visit Son on the farm instead of the beach.


Composting and wormery

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 10:49

A plastic bucket with a lid outside the kitchen door will take all the vegetable waste and can be tipped into the main compost when full. I have two wooden compost bins one filling and one being used, in summer compost in six weeks to three months depends on the weather in winter six months. They are up against a wall sheltered from the winds and warm up quickly. I have never had a rat in there in years of composting so consider that an urban myth.
Wormeries to me are not worth the bother though people with less space than I have would find them useful. At times I have a full compost heap I use an old plastic bin to store the extra having drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and the side to let air in, that stands where it can get the sun most of the day and heats up nicely then I start my new heap with it.
Everything goes in the heaps and I try to turn it out into a barrow every few weeks then toss it back, this mixes it gets the air into it and it can be damped (not soaked) as you toss it back, nature does the rest.
For use it all goes through a large riddle with a medium mesh then for seedlings through the same riddle with a fine mesh added, that is then mixed with washed sand and fine grit for the seed mix, seeds do not need nutrient but prick out into a slight nutrient mix and then pot on to a good potting mix as they grow.
Hope this helps,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 09:36

"Happy and prosperous New Year To Everyone"

From Stockton on Tees which is sunny and bright with clear sky's and a touch of ground frost.

A Lazy day today after being woken by a phone call from California as they celebrated the New Year, a little too well methinks.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 15:02

Stockton went out when it was cold and grey came back warm sunny and clear sky above. The wind had changed from north to west, the cloud had gone south over the hills and the sun was right in my face coming home so the sun visor was down.
I was supposedly going to the shops for some fresh veg but could not even get on the car park so drove on, the next lot even worse so gave up and went to Daughters for a cuppa. Frozen veg tonight from my stock pile.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 14:58

Coming back passing waterlogged fields through the Wynyard, the golden orb of the sun suddenly blinded me, it is sinking into the west as I type, wonders never cease.


What's for tea?

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 14:55

Paul Hollywood made his Christmas left overs into a Chelsea type bun and included everything, Mary Berry seemed to enjoy it although I am sure she would like anything he made.
Up North we call it all Swiss Roll but then we always did call a pudding duff and made pies out of everything, I did draw the line at Banana and Cheese though.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 10:25

Artjak, I learned at school that every rule has opt outs variations or just plain did not work in all situations. Precipitation as any one on the North Sea coast from the Firth of forth to the Humber will tell you can happen over the open sea, no hills, soak you on the beach and by the time you get back to the car park you are in sunshine.
We are often in a sea fret and five miles inland they have a heatwave.
I worked part of my life at ICI where we used Fermentation, Conversion, Reforming and precipitation to make everything from gas to solids, we precipitated solids from liquids, think gas rising cloud forming, a precipitate added and solids dropping from a great height, you use some of them on the garden.
We were never encouraged to dig fox holes in the Fens, unless you wanted to bathe, the eels came free.
Stockton is dull wet and cold, what more can you say.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 11:41

Some morose and sorrowful clouds above this morning in Stockton and they are weeping, must have watched all those repeat weepies over Christmas on TV, it would make a stone angel sad.
"Rain" head over a dish of hot water and Balsam with a towel over your head, it makes your eye's water, clears your nose, and makes you so glad to get out from under the towel you forget the cold, works for me.
I was under the impression the Fens were always wet rain or not?


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