Latest posts by Palaisglide

Saving rotten wooden trellises

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:25

These days you can get metal or plastic pergola's although it could be replaced with wood.

You could rebuild around the old pergola carefully transfer and tie in the Wisteria and then remove the old one in bits.

You could build a wigwam of poles either side pull back and tie in the wisteria to the poles then rebuild your pergola and replace the wisteria, there would be disturbance what ever you do although keeping the wisteria upright would be the lesser of the evils.

The old one has to go and it may set back the climber a little but at least after a year it will still be strong and lovely to look at, plus of course no danger of the lot falling on your head as you walk under it. Take the bull by the horns and get stuck in.


watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 10:55

Not much choice then Marion, I have a watering system bought twenty years ago when friends let me down (forgot they had promised to water) still works well but fiddly to set up.

Collect anything that will hold water old washing up bowls buckets plastic trays even cardboard boxes with cling film or plastic inside. Buy a bag of fine gravel cover the bottom of the boxes etc. then just cover with water.

Set all your pots into the boxes trays etc. packed in close then give a good watering before you leave, put a bit of shade up in case of a hot day, (you do get them in Scotland now and then) but do not cut off all light.

I also collect used lemonade bottles or plastic milk bottles, punch or drill a couple of holes in the cap fill with water then water the larger pots well and up end the bottle into the compost, as the compost dries the air gets into the bottle releasing the water slowly, it works for me in outside pots and hanging baskets.

You may find it policy to leave the vents and door open to keep your greenhouse-- garden hut cool, less loss of water.

Hope some of this helps.

Regards Frank.

Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:06

Hello Hypercharleyfarley, I had no problem with the personal message when contacted to ask if I was still on the planet, we exchanged a couple of messages no bother, now there is a problem???

I was not back really just ducking in and out, the best laid plans so they say I read some of the queries and got drawn in, it may or may not last.

Regards Frank.

Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:52

Star gaze lily,

It was often exciting overly at times mainly because I was not intimidated by those who told me "that is dangerous"? In the Middle East and Africa men would land from the troopships and then never leave Base Camp for two or more years, they had to nail me down to keep me in, life is what you make it.

The Nuffield Club in London was often full of girls from the shows, no show on Sundays, they came in and lifted our spirits and being a dancer I got to dance with some of the best, they let their hair down as did we young soldiers and my lips remained sealed about them all though I would smile when a carry on film was showing or some old black and white. One reason I am not on Flat face book or twittering and boring is because what happens between young men and women should stay in the memory and not be bandied about for all to hear or see.

Well that is my way, Frank.

Poorly mountain ash

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:37

Caroline 22,

Fire Blight can attack Rowan or Mountain Ash as it also attacks fruit trees and Rosacea.

Sprays can be bought to fight it although removing the affected branches is the surest way, they must be burnt.

Take out those area's with the blight and watch for more coming with a little luck you may save the tree before the roots are attacked, Your local GC may give advice on what to spray with, not good news really but it is always worth trying to save the tree.



Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:40

You could say that Orchid Lady, I was told I could smell a dance fifty miles away, said it before danced form being eleven and loved it, danced on four Continents, met Joan at a dance and we never looked back, dancing until she took ill six years back and sadly passed away three years ago. Maybe the reason I do not want to dance again.

If I keep posting you may find I have a song in my head for every occasion.


Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:57

David, Bruce should have gone five years ago as to me well my dancing days are over.

At my Daughters wedding last May I watched those who said it was all old hat as they gyrated around their handbags and that was only the boys, the girls wanted nothing to do with any of it. Deciding they were going to dance at the wedding they took lessons for a year a whole group of them, it was a decent job but I watched them as they counted 1-2-3-turn 1-2-3- dip, competent but stilted. The lady who taught them got up and it was all there the freedom of movement the tempo she did not have to think about it you could see she had danced since she could walk, as did we.

I realised at the time I had no urge to get on my feet it had gone, walk away, dancing got me many places and often into trouble. Last Year an old film star died, a lovely lady who often partnered me at the Nuffield club Sunday tea dances in London, all the girls from the shows would go in and it got quite lively.

Memories of the Hammersmith Palais, the Streatham Locarno and many other large dance halls with live bands came back, "those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end" they should write a song about it.


Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:33

Hello Zoomer44 still getting into Stockton, I often wonder if I have passed you as I travail the area, today heading into Sedgefield I was blinded by fields of the dreaded Rape flowers, must wear my sunglasses.


Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:28

Then just pile it in a corner out of sight throw a cover over it and leave it until needed, the worms will have a field day and the heat from its own rotting down make it all the better.


Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:16

Orchid Lady, be careful.

Find out what they use as bedding, my Son now uses straw in his stables though at one time he used sawdust and chippings both need a long time to rot down. He piles it in a heap from which I take a bag that is around 1-2 years old, pick up a hand full and smell it, soft crumbly and sweet smelling is the aim.

At home I add it to the compost heaps in thin layers as I turn the compost then use that as a mulch or to add goodness to hungry growers like sweet peas tomato's etc. Raw manure will burn your plants and can contain weed seeds which is why it needs to be well and truly rotted down, the heat should kill the weeds.

My father used our horse manure in hot boxes to start early plants and Veg plus fruit such as strawberries, the well rotted stuff went into the base of the potato drills and we always had the best.

Hope this helps.


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