Latest posts by Palaisglide

Hot composting

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 23:42

Hostafan, something with a nice tight cap will stop the smell and keep the flies out, saying that with a watering can you will not need the funnel-- to stop the splashes of course.


The Supernatural

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 10:23

My thoughts are we all have more senses than people think, it does not stop at 5 or 6 or more. I always obeyed the hairs on my neck which did stand up telling you to back off, pretty handy as a Soldier. Mother was fey but did not talk about it and I do believe children are born with knowledge that leaves them as they get older, probably an ancient defence mechanism who knows. Things have happened that make me stop and think and you keep quiet because people may or may not mock you. All I will say I knew to the second when my Mother died though I was not with her and also to the second when my mother in law died, she was here in a dementia ward and I was in Cyprus. She knew no one but when I went in her hand would come out and she would whisper "I knew you would come Charles" ? she lost three boy friends during the first world war but who Charles was we never knew, she just hung on to my hand until we had to leave.  What do we know, you cannot destroy energy and that last spark must be there with us as it leaves the body for the last time. more things in heaven and on earth as they say.



Posted: 31/10/2014 at 00:16

Digger, that sounds petty to me, I am half Yorkshire and heard it all, big oh the arm big oh the head tight oh the pocket, you laugh it off.

This week the regulars including me replied to a lady with a broken tree, Various compost and leaf mould queries, Chrysanthemum and lawn plus how to take cuttings and should someone plant a Victoria Plum and it is only Thursday. Many other queries got multiple replies and yes there was some chit chat at the same time, if you had ever been on an allotment you would know that they work hard and talk often, as they have a communal tea break every subject under the sun comes up as well as gardening. When I write in reply I do not expect any come back though it is nice to get a thank you which often happens, three times to me this week. The colleges now know this forum is a hot bed of information and again this week we were asked for information from a student who got lots of answers. Clique? a harsh word not earned by the people on here who give time and patience answering the same questions over and over why? because we too were once rookies.



Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 19:58

I know what you mean Verdun, getting people to do what they really do not wish to do needs at times aggressive behaviour. I would start with explanation as to why as voluntary compliance is always best if that failed it came down to a full order with the backing of Queens regulations. On a couple of occasions it came down to jacket off in the Gym, I am a big lad who boxed, no contest as they say. Out of the Army as a manager of a heavy maintenance squad I mellowed to full explanations then expectation the people would do as required if not then the full weight off my soft voiced dissemination of their behaviour, it rarely came to that. Talking it out face to face was often the best way and you would find the behaviour was down to some other problem. We never really know why people behave the way the do  but then we all carry baggage.

Frank. PS see you at the Party, I will be the very good looking Zombie.

Can I save this tree?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:44

Hannah, I blew the picture up trying to make out what it is, the nearest I can come up with is Cedrus atlantica Blue Atlas Cedar a silvery blue foliage that is really bright in spring and will have cones in Autumn. that is a guess. The bad news is on the blown up picture the damage looks bad and the other side branch could also come down in a high wind. It is a ragged tear which could allow water to lay  and slowly rot the wound.

It could be sawn off on a slope at the wound taking the other side branch off then allowed to grow on or pollade  over a good period of time the lower branches will grow up. It is really up to you whether the tree is worth saving as it will look odd for a year or so, but nature can recover, it just takes time.



Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:23

If they are annual types you can take cutting now or early spring, take three inch from none flowering side shoots and insert in pots of compost, keep in cover and do not over water. Perennial types you take cuttings in spring. It should say on the label what they are but nothing to stop you trying some cuttings anyway. You could drop a cutting into a jam jar of water and see if it grows roots.


Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 13:13

I grew up with Victoria plums three of them espalier on south facing and west facing walls of our garden. They had been planted when Victoria was still on the throne so when I knew them quite old but so fruitful. I could not wait for them to ripen and being on a wall tied in to wires they did not break branches we had trouble with wasps when they ripened but then we did with all the fruit, Dad would say they need some too, that was his attitude live in harmony. I never tasted better than a sun ripened Victoria although we had hedge rows of plums and pears around the village of different types free to pick. If you have a wall then go for it as an espalier, even a good solid fence though they do live a long time.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 12:43

Clare the old relationship will need to be earned, always two sides to a story and often a third person is needed to stop recriminations  from both sides. Earlier this year I had to sort out older grandchildren not talking to their mother, who has definite views on everything. I waded in with positive views and they gradually saw sense, all is well. You may both have to make adjustment to the relationship and in time you may reach somewhere near what you once had. My mother taught me, get it off your chest then forget it. Your mother may be right talking about what happened will open it all up again so tread carefully through the minefield and agree Mum is more important than family discord, as Verdun says talk do not accuse.


bubble wrap

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 10:03

Alan over many years I tried keeping a greenhouse frost free in winter and spent a lot of money, none of it was worth it as insulation brings condensation and that is as bad as frost for plants. heaters came and went costly and more condensation, I gave up for a year or so until I moved yet again and built a wall mounted south facing greenhouse. It never went below freezing because of the wall taking in heat during the day and giving it back at night even in dull weather. Ok you do not have that I built a small tent of bubble wrap at one end and some shelves I could remove in spring and put all the tender plants in there with a frost guard fan heater and done that for the last twenty odd years it works. You have to consider what you are paying in wrap and heating against what it would cost to replace the plants and you need to be able to open and air the green house every day there is no frost or bitter wind, that is important. It is what you can afford really and any heating is expensive, bubble wrap will help but is not a guarantee against loss. Most plants are much tougher than we think, but overwatering and condensation can kill them.

I do not use smokes but move everything out and pressure wash all in one go preferably whilst it is still warm enough to not harm the plants. Frost Guard fan heaters are the answer if like me you have electricity to the greenhouse.


Rotating Beans Yes / No

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:49

From my early years I saw my Father rotate, and I did too when I got my own Gardens. It is over four beds size does not matter 1) Legumes and pods, 2)Alliums (onions) and leeks, 3) Root crops and tubers, 4) Brassicas (all the cabbage family) Kale swedes radishes etc. Each year move one block clockwise. Legumes roots feed Nitrogen into the ground which is why Brassicas move into that bed. It has its faults, four years is not enough to get rid of club root and the way to deal with that is to grow brassicas in pots then transfer the whole pot to the plot setting in a larger hole with some good compost.

These days I grow my Beans and Peas in large containers for ease plus the Grandchildren find them easy to pick and eat fresh. with an allotment rotation would be necessary but small gardens it could be done moving different types into containers of fresh soil. You toss the coin and take your pick, there are no wrong ways in gardening.


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