Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:59

Stockton bitter cold dull and flurries of snow, the sand bed stays switched off for another week


MOB rants

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:03

Lizzie, we are lucky to live where we do, the seashore is minutes away in one direction and only thirty minutes the other, Whitby 50 minutes over rolling hills and moors. The other way or West Darlington 20 minutes then rolling Dales Teasdale views out to the Pennines, North, it is woodlands more dales and on up to Northumberland who could wish for more.
Well Fairy girl in my many visits to Scotland, Army and Holiday I had never made it to John O Groats so when my Daughter said they were taking me on holiday where did I want to go (expecting me to say the continent) they got a shock when I told them. They had to admit it was a wonderful holiday staying in Inverness and touring then on the banks of Loch Lomond via Fort William and Ben Nevis. Glorious weather wonderful people and scenery beyond belief.
I ask why travel outside of this wonderful Kingdom of Scotland Ireland Wales and England.


Plant direct or seed tray

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:38

Lizzie, you are right about disturbance although using a three inch pot for direct sowing with say half compost half sand and grit then let them grow on instead of pricking out will give a better chance. Pull the odd weakling (thinning in the pot) then I plant the whole pot into my container as you would any plant. Several pots full to a container thin them as you grow them on and I wash and eat the thinnings delicious uncooked.
I did use the guttering method for peas as Rosa says these days I just put them in a four inch pot then plant them into the container from the pot.
Containers?? well as you get on a bit and rusty in the joints containers are easy, they can be moved around, turned every other day to change the light and sunlight plus I put them where my Grandchildren can watch them grow then feast off them straight from the vine or the ground soaking themselves with the hose as they wash carrots. They will pick and enjoy peas beans carrots and salad stuff out doors try getting them to eat those things at meal times, Strawberries are the favourite I sometimes get one myself.


My tree is dying

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:21

Cannot see your photo's Stephanie my antivirus kicked in.
Red Spider mite do not like damp conditions although if there is good foliage cover they could be warm and snug inside. I washed them out of mine by hosing the foliage everyday for a while.
It does sound more like die back once that happens it takes a while to green up if ever it does. I would cut off a piece see if the main branch is dried out or still growing, check the brown foliage to see if there is anything on it, spider mite are very small.
Is it waterlogged at the root, has it shaken loose at the root with the wind. Scrape a bit of soil away from the root carefully and see if new root is growing or has it shrivelled. I would be in there prodding and poking trying to find the answer.
Your post is now back at the top, we could yet snare an expert with this one.


This Forum

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:28

"Oh dear" what a hooha, In my old persona I would ask for thirty push ups from you all then forget it.
Easter on its way, we will get back to gardening sometime, a good spade fork and Dutch hoe can get rid of a lot of frustration, a sit in the sun soaking up the vitamin C listening to the birds sing and the bees hum is what we all need, meanwhile I am making a cuppa the panacea for all ills.


My tree is dying

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:02

Stephanie2, you do not say whether it had roots or not, an old Christmas tree perhaps, also Pines normally grow on high or sloping ground good drainage.
Did you give a thought to how large it will be if it does manage to grow and have you the room in your garden.
All this is guesswork, I am not a lover of pines but it does look as if it had dried out too much to take up water again. It could even have red spider mite which leaves the brown area's you speak of. I put this post on to lift it back to the top as it is interesting to see what comes up.



Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:52

Brycey, I live in County Durham and only grow tomato's outside in a very sheltered south facing spot, normally cherry types and not always successful, last year was a wash out even the greenhouse tomato's gave a very poor showing with tough skins and a bit watery.
Saying that we gardeners never give up, I sow seed in one third compost one third washed sand and one third fine grit then pot on to half compost half grit and sand.
My main pots twelve inch plastic with large holes in the base and no crocking will be set on the gravel bed in the greenhouse ready and the small pots then potted into the large pots and watered in. My out door pots will be lined up along the walking area (don't ask, they do get the odd knock as I scramble about) and when or if we get sunshine they go out into my sheltered area. Cool nights a fleece over them works, a snap frost it is back into the greenhouse.
You could cover them on cold days with fleece even newspaper but the main thing is to keep them out of the cold winds, that will turn the leaves blue as well as your fingers.


Grow lights

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:36

No point in asking me an old and craggy gardener Steph, I never used lights or saw the need for them, we garden by our weather patterns and experience.
Plants need light as much as they need heat and the Nursery up the road from me with fields of greenhouse do use them plus regulated heat to produce plants for early sale and the cost of the plants reflects that.
I would ask in this day of climate changes which even I notice do we need to be spending more on heat, light, and systems to produce food that given time nature will produce just as well. Potato's from Egypt, Salad stuff from Spain, Vegetables from France and from Belgium "err" apart from chocolate nothing, "oh well Steph" no use for your survey then.


Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:25

Steph, us Northerner's are one up from Yorkshire where pockets are tightly closed from birth to death, sorry Tykes.
We also watch the pennies and being half Yorkshire the Half pennies too so lights are out. I have electricity in my greenhouse for a heated sand bed and a frost guard fan heater but a green house is never big enough so growing stuff under lights to then sit in a cramped cool greenhouse would be economical madness.
Years of experience tell us when to sow and when to put stuff out clearing space for the tomato's etc, adding up all the costs of sowing early I think the £1 carrot or the £2 leek would choke me.


Plant direct or seed tray

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:13

My Grandchildren did set carrot seed in trays which I transferred later thinning them out once set, they came OK.
I plant mine straight into some old large pots and have not been bothered by carrot fly.
Your beds are high enough but if you are worried put some sticks in the ground round them and a very fine net or fleece just to raise the height a bit, the fly keeps near the soil I am told, could be an old wives tale of course. You can but try, if I am in doubt I will try just to see what happens.


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