Latest posts by Palaisglide


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.


Hot composting

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:08

Question? any one else been locked out of the forum this morning, I have just managed to get back.

Hostafan, it is the procuring of the said bodily fluids that make me smile. Get one of those two or four pint plastic milk bottles well washed out then proceed to the garage and shut the door. Stay well away from the window as we do not wish to frighten the neighbours and proceed to empty said body fluids recycled from last nights amber nectar, the top of those bottles being rather small a funnel may be needed, depends on the size and extent of the splash (what else did you think I meant?). place bottle on a top shelf in case some one thinks you are making your own Cider and samples it, you could label it Uric Acid. Mix a cup full to a watering can of water with a rose and as you layer the compost heap sprinkle each layer, damp not soaking is the way. The Urea makes the compost react quicker and enriches it, the ultimate recycling I would say. Sorry Ladies your body fluids for some reason do not work so do not try this at home or even in the garage.



Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:07

I always ask "who said gardening is easy" any gardening including composting, you get out what you put in and with composting turning it out every couple of weeks stirring it and tossing it back will give you compost in three months during the heat of summer six months in winter. A chap near me has some old dust bins he throws everything until full then just leaves it a year later he gets some compost and some stuff to start it off again, if he mixed it now and then it would all compost. We all have our own ways none of them classed as easy depending on expectations.


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:52

Good news, HS3 is to be built in the North as an extension to HS2. Bad news it will not be ready until 2030, is this a bit early to book my Halloween trip? Verdun is supplying the Oggies, Raspberry jam for me in the sweet side.


Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:18

Do not worry about jumping in and etiquette  they all lick their plates on here especially after cake.

Hot Composting happened on the farms and small holdings I lived on as a lad, you piled it high, turned it every couple of weeks, a mix of manure half rotted and anything else, never contained never covered and you could cook potato's in the residual heat. We had a large brick midden outside the stables, the new stuff and straw went in one end and my job would be to move it to the other end when it half rotted, that gave off a lot of heat and was soon spread on the gardens. I have two large compost bins home made of wood with air slots and no bottom. Once empty brushwood is spread at the base then the build up begins, I get heat though not like those large middens, they are sheltered from the wind and in a place they get a lot of sun, turning on a regular basis is essential, remove slats chuck it out into a wheel barrow or onto plastic stir and toss it back sprinkle each layer with water mixed with recycled bodily fluids and you will get good compost. Mine are loose covered so as not to get too wet.

Never heard of your hot composter so cannot comment on them, let us know if they do get up to heat, my recipe has always been Air/ Damping/ A Good mix of ingredients and they will produce heat.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 11:57

It grieves me to see so many people who suffer bad hospital care especially as my own experience this August was so brilliant. The follow up has been equally good so no complaints from me. It was not always so, when my wife was admitted for what turned out to be six weeks the family did 12 hour shifts, she was in a private room and we saw to the feeding and rehydration, they did try to stop us but no one wins when my Amazon Daughters are on the war path. Matron said leave them, what ever they are doing works and she came out something the Consultant had not expected. There have been massive changes in our own Hospital all for the good, time for a round up of the bad Hospitals, a lot less actually than we read about. The Staff are not always in caring mode, they have problems at home they bring to work I think we all did that at times you have to be professional at all times not always easy.


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