Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 16/08/2012 at 22:03

Perlite is supposedly inert but so is washed sand and small grit, I bought a bag of each two years ago to make up my own mixes for seeds pricking out and potting on there is still some of each left.
I find perlite difficult to get rid of after use, put it on the garden and it washes to the top like a soap stain. Now they are using ground up polystyrene, that means we gardeners are left to get rid of it, stick to sand and grit at least that helps with drainage when dug in after use.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 16:04

We are having a heat wave
A tropical heat wave

Well it ain't got here yet and knowing the forecasters that could be a monsoon.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 12:08

Teesside today is again sunshine and muggy, the lawns are cut (sorry Bob Flowerdew I am keeping mine), been over the Tees it was fine and warm, sandwich time now before a sit in the sun.

Zoomeer went down the Darlington back lane onto the A66 and on into Teasdale, the cones are all along the verge not in place yet. I had to go that way as most of the roads in Stockton are disrupted with road works and even I could hardly find my way around.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 22:41

Hollie and Rain, it got darker by the minute and around fiveish down it came, we got the deluge promised earlier, around half an hour of solid rain then eased off to a steady downpour.
Hope it emptied the sky as I am over your side of the Styx tomoorow Rain.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:20

Jo, that was lucky if it had been glass it would probably have shattered.
We had sun all day up to four then it came in dark and we got a few spots of rain, must have been the edge of someone elses deluge, it is dry out there now.


Compost Problems

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:58

My compost bins grow potato's usually from skins? they find their way through a plastic cover and a wooden lid, I find them waving about like Union jacks at the Olympics.
We know figrat that Air Heat and Moisture make good compost plus a sensible mix whilst making the heap. Heat is the main factor which is why Green waste compost can be ready in four weeks they pile it high and turn it often.
I throw one of my piles into the barrow every couple of weeks then shake it back in with a large fork, you can feel the heat and see it steaming in summer. As it goes back I damp it not wet it, with my magic man made milk bottle mixture added to a watering can with a spray nozzle then cover and leave.
You may have used it too soon or it has not had enough moisture, it possibly has not been hot enough which happens with small bins and standing them in a warm sheltered place helps, hiding them in dark places with no sun will not help make compost. Such compost is normally used as a mulch or top dressing, I never use it in seed trays. I do use it in refilling pots mixed with loam and grit.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 10:27

Not to worry Joe, I will shoot anyone I see doing a rain dance!
Our weather in Stockton according to this site (see headings at top of page for yours) says light rain, well since seven this morning it has been wall to wall sunshine and I am now heading out into it to top up the tan, "oh" and probably work, maybe, we will see.
I would defy any forecaster including us old hands to forecast our local micro climate weather, there are too many variables in our rather unique position on the map, we can have rain one side of the Tees and a heat wave the other, all in a couple of miles. That of course when the North Sea behaves itself.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 14:17
Rainjustlearning wrote (see)

24.2c in the garden not much in the way of sunshine at all yet but I'm hopeful,  stifling hot and heavy but there's a nice cooling breeze but far to hot to garden,  some suspicious grey clouds over your side of The Styx Frank lets hope the breeze will blow them away

You got your wish Rain, the clouds blew over and we got blue sky and sunshine.
I was sitting on Norton Green eating my steaming hot bacon sandwich from the butcher on the corner of the green, enjoying the light breeze ruffling the leaves on the old Oak next to me from which I knocked down conkers so many years ago.
So noisy then with us kids so quiet now, no children just the sound of cars on the High Street, still it was peaceful until a woman sat down on the same bench and then ensued a lengthy conversation on her phone loud enough for you to hear 10 miles away, I got up and walked to the next bench and wondered if she got the message?


Horse manure

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 11:32

Horse manure needs to rot down as it contains all kinds of seeds and things that will flourish if put on the ground now. My Son with the farm and horses has an ongoing heap with fresh droppings going on the front end and the manure now well rotted at the back is two years old soft dark crumbly in the hand and sweet smelling.
Mixed with loam or compost it is lovely stuff though most gets spread on the paddocks when they are resting, I pinch the odd sack.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 11:24

Teesside, today we have weather? Looking out it defies analysis, all kinds of cloud, the sun breaking through then vanishing N-S-E-W all looks the same.
Will it rain? will the sun finally make it? for once I cannot see the way things are going where as normally you can see what is coming at you around here.
"oh well" pot luck day just like tea will be tonight.


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