Latest posts by Palaisglide

Using rusty tools

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 16:11

As long as it is not leaking use it, keep water in it as it is mainly the reaction of air that oxidises steel, keeping a full can of water in the green house, or in my case several helps with humidity which the plants like.
Every item we use gives off some sort of aura, a zinc coated can will take up minute amounts of zinc though in the case of tomato's that helps, plastic gradually deteriorates all reactions we have to live with so do not worry, anyway in a one and a half gallon can the dilute substance would be minimal.



Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:58

Compost has to be worked at, chucking green stuff into some kind of container and leaving it is a no-no. It needs AIR, HEAT, Moisture. the first two being must haves.
You do not say what container you have  if it is a plastic bin tip it out make sure it has holes in the base, a couple in the side would help.
Now put some twiggy bits in the base and start to fill with what ever you have although nothing in a thick layer, mix it, woody leafy paper a thin layer of grass cutting, peelings from the kitchen egg shells tea bags, split them, cardboard torn up even some rags, all make compost.
Damp each layer as you go, DO NOT SOAK IT, put your bin where it will get warm and out of any prevailing winds, under a hedge at the back of the garden does not usually work. My bins (wooden) are against a wall where they get sun most of the day.
Every couple of weeks or so tip it out stir it up and put it back, you should see it steaming and feel the heat when you put your hand in. I have two so one can be filling one as the other gets used, it will take five or six months although I have it in summer in three.
Wet and smelly means no heat, no air so no activity by the bacteria that breaks compost down, they like five star treatment to work, don't we all, so start again and work the compost, dumping stuff in and forgetting is not the way to go.


lawn problems

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:41

The picture shows the grass to be near the pavement so quite possibly dry, in other words put a can of water on the patches each day, it should come back.
One of the problem with using turf is it may have been in the roll awhile without proper watering, as soon as it goes down you need put a sprinkler on it and water each day for a couple of weeks until the base of the turf has rooted into the prepared soil, even with all the rain this year grass near paves can be dry.
I use weed and feed from the GC twice a year, a fast feed and weed in Spring well watered in then in Autumn Winter feed and weed, a slow release type of feed as the grass although growing will have slowed down.
Hope this helps.



Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:29

They are in pots so could go in now although the best time is October- November, or March-April.
They like an acid or slightly acid soil, blue ones will lose their blue in Alkaline soils so prepare your bed with plenty of garden compost well rotted manure if you have any and dare I say it "whisper" PEAT, oops that should start a storm.
They need a sheltered spot a place where they would not get morning sun after frost if possible, not all are frost hardy although my Shirley does not seem to mind.
The Garden Centres are full of them at the moment and looking at the root ball they are healthy so planting them now will not harm them.
Plant level with the top of the pot heel in water and then mulch around the plant although not touching the stem, leave a few inches around it and let nature take its course.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:13

Sorry to bring this up again folk, reading a national paper this morning I noted a comment that 7,000,000 homes have lost their front gardens to concrete or hard standing to park more cars off the road.
I ask does this turn the theory of removing your lawns and paving to make the world green a little on its head?
Bob Flowerdew's comment I am sure was not remove your lawns and park more cars although we see it happening all around us. I am also sure that using around half a litre of fuel per fortnight cutting lawns must be better than causing water once mostly soaked up by the grass to run off hard standing to over-flow kerbside gutters never built to take so much water, hence the flooding we get. What about the green footprint of the gas guzzlers parked where once a verdant green lawn lived?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 11:58

Teesside today? well an optimist would say "Sunny with cloud" a pessimist "cloud with some sun" as a gardener I am of course the optimist.
Driving out over the river Tees flyover yesterday, I was looking at a panorama of the Cleveland Hills from Eston Nab to Roseberry topping, it looked like a painting as the sun lit up the dells and woods, I was quite mesmerized and nearly missed my turn off for the A66. I suppose the woman driving past me at speed with a phone glued to her ear missed it.



Posted: 17/08/2012 at 23:13

My argument is that any material that has to be manufactured cannot be natural and far too many substances are being called a sort of perlite substitute such as I mentioned in another post, ground up Polystyrene. Fair enough I do break up Polystyrene boxes and use it as crocks in large pots then it is binned as it would have been in the first place.
Any DIY store will lift stuff into the back of a car and then I drop it in a barrow to where I leave it against the potting bench, natural stuff, easy to use and fully integrated into the garden later.
The first sort of mixer I remember was a sort of pumice processed into small balls, it was light did the job and seemed to disapear in the pot after a time.
I was brought up with all the old fashioned methods as the garden had to feed the family and yes all kind of weird things were used to fight the bugs, the best way was to let the hens wander the garden, they kept the nasties down.
My Father used them because there was nothing else and over time he knew what worked, when DDT came into general use he refused to use it, not natural he said and proved to be right.
Argue we will, who is right who knows, I do things my way as do others, we are gardeners, we work in the knowledge of our own experience and so may it ever be.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 10:23

Oh dear what is that pattering "oh"
Its cats and dogs rain on the patio
Yesterday the sun was burning me brown
And now it is pouring it down.

Welcome to town Zoomer.
Teesside dull grey and wet, the chap over the road had got his lawn mower out, I hope he pulled the plug before scooting back inside, mine were done in lovely sunshine before nine yesterday.



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.


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