London (change)


Latest posts by Palaisglide

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:28

You are right Yarrow having experienced the BBC system where five hours of film came down to twenty minutes shown, the same shot different angles, can you describe that again emphasise such and such, can we do that walk again and again and again"Agh" Monty is very patient.
One gardener describing the filming said they landed early worked all day and got half an hour on screen after edit. Each time he put a spade in the ground it was four or five times from different angles and then he did it again to talk. If it was a horrible day it still went ahead with probably some inside shots, Monty could have done with that for Fridays programme.
When the young ones were on we were all raging at hazy long distance through shrubbery shots, that would be the crew not the presenters, they do not have much say.
At least we get some gardening, it did look like vanishing at one time I suppose we have to be grateful.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:11

Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies can I see
Sunshine on the back of my neck
Warm lovely sunshine "eh by eck"

Its much warmer today sorry to boast
Although I see clouds over the coast
Who cares as long as I can gaze
Out of open windows at a heat haze.

Stockton today folks sorry about that Bunny and FloBear.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:59

David, I used to get that Magazine as you got a lot of freebies with it and remember Geoff was castigated for his organic garden theories.
Us older gardeners (yes even then) saw sense in it as we had been brought up in an organic era, everything went into the midden and as we kept animals that was a lot of stuff. The hot beds were made up from the midden with masses of free straw from the farms, no free straw these days and no midden either.
People ask for the young crowd back, the ones who caused a big turn off from GW, my take on it is over hundreds of years our kin found the best way to grow stuff and a modern college degree does not replace years of experience.
Gardening for me these days is little and often not the get stuck in and move half an acre it once was., I also find that Dad's advice, grow what you can eat, enjoy what you grow and a garden is also a place to rest and contemplate, I do more of that now. The joy is in the Grandchildren eating peas and beans off the stem, Strawberries sun warm and Tomato's sweet and tasty off the vine, letting them cut the fresh lettuce pull a carrot wash it under the hose and eat it. I hope I am showing them the way forward.


New build house, new build lawn - help to start off the right way.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:29

Rich, I watched good market garden land being turned into new build down the lane from me and was shocked to see the builders strip off all the top soil then sell it.
They hept a bit back as they were then down to clay and put around four six inches back on front and back and roll out the lawn. Those lawn area's last year were pure bog, the only good point being they did lay down a general purpose type grass, it can take a bit of knocking about.
My advice is stay off it do nothing until it is dry enough to walk on, then you will need to work on it over a couple of years. Lift high spots and level cut away the soil under the sod, lift low spots and level by adding compost mixed with sand and or grit. Go over gaps with a mixture of compost sand and seed sweeping it into the cracks as you go.
I put a new lawn down just before Christmas around four years back and it took then prospered, grass is tough. A young child will love playing on a lawn but they also dig and treat it a bit on the rough side so do not expect a Bowling green.
Next Spring (not the one coming) start on weed and feed twice in spring around six weeks apart then an Autumn weed and feed a much slower release type. In Autumn scarify the grass (gets rid of the moss and mat of old cuttings) then Aerate I just use a fork, good exercise and you can do it with your brain out of gear, just get a rhythm and go. Have a bucket of compost mixed with sand and sweep it into the holes. With the type of lawn you will have it will keep it tidy and possibly weed free, otherwise it is remove lawn dig down and put in drainage then good top soil and then sow, a long heavy and costly job so it will be make the best of what you have.


Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:06

Do not see the point as for years growing Tomato's in grow bags I used some throw away plastic pots with the bottom cut off.
It does work, the pots were nine inch ones set onto and just into the grow bag soil, put some compost into the pot and plant your tomato. As the plant grows slowly top up the pot with good compost and water the grow-bag. I stopped doing that when grow bags became more rubbish dump than good compost and now use the same 12 inch pots cleaned and planted up each year leaving plenty of room to top up with good compost as the plant grows. The pots sit on a gravel bed kept watered and the pot is watered lightly with feed keeping it just damp, over watering kills more plants than it helps. Do not crock the bottom of pots on a gravel bed and I open up the holes in the base a bit to let the Tomato plant tap roots find the water in the gravel.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:16

Not gardening weather in Stockton but come next weekend the heated sandbox will be fired up and the Tomato seed will go in plus the first pots of sweet peas.
I do not mess with them they go in deep pots out of the packet and left to set and grow on, then drop them out of the pot into position and sow some extra seeds around for a longer flowering time. I do not go with all the mystique for growing sweet peas.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:09

Dovefromabove, Gardeners are innovators, they cut the cloth to the size they have you do the same it would seem, make use of it all. I once saw a Yard with no soil which had been turned into a garden, all in pots boxes and almost anything that would hold a plant, it went up the yard and house walls with brackets and shelves not only producing Veg but also Fruit, the couple doing it were elderly but determined and that is what counts.
Some of the postage stamp new builds down the lane from me are suddenly producing food and they use every square inch of available ground fence and places to put a pot or a box. That is gardening, no point in having a moan about not having an estate or helpers, use what you have to its full capacity, it is surprising what you can produce and the satisfaction it gives having beaten the odds.


MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 13:12

G/G, My Father grew masses of Daff's and Tulips as he could sell them and would tell me to trench the bulbs after cutting. In an un-used bit of the garden I would push a spade deep in the ground working along making a trench (quite narrow) put some grit in the bottom or sand and then dig up the bulbs often in clumps drop them in the trench and cover leaving the leaf to take in the goodness for next years flowers. It worked for all bulbs, once the flower is gone it puts all its energy into building up the bulb.
When I did not have room in my garden I dropped the bulbs into pots and found it works just as well, they can be left out as they need a cold spell to start them into growth, If like last year we have constant rain turn the pot on its side and chock it to stop rolling.
My Daff's on the front East facing curled up in balls through the bitter cold spell we had I thought them gone, they have uncurled and standing up like Guardsmen now, I had never seen that happen before.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:57

That would be a good idea putting the young mob on early, I could watch something else not seeing them make blatant mistakes or mishandling tools.
The small area garden was done so well by Geoff and could probably be repeated for the new gardeners.
What I like about Monty is his showing exactly what he is doing and why, fair enough he like myself  an old style gardener ready to learn as we all did last night with Carol's leaf curling, I had never seen that before and what a good idea for large plants instead of chopping the stems to a couple of leaves.
My sand bed will go on warm up next week end and the Tomato seed sown, the sweet pea seeds unchitted unsoaked will go in deep pots as Monty did last night and the whole pot full put into the ground when the time comes, I do not get show sweet peas but they show for months with a few more seeds sown as the young plants go in the ground.
Beans Peas Salad crops and carrots will all be started after Easter weekend and the Strawberries cleaned and sorted, in the North East spring comes late but then so does Autumn.


MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:33

G/G. Joan as a bit of a joke at me retiring bought an expensive trowel and fork set with longer handles and blades. "Do not want you suffering back ache from bending do we" hm. I found it absolutely ideal for digging out bulbs when they went over but still had leaves to see where they were. Push down all round the bulb or clump and lift, I drop them all together into an old large pot fill it with compost and let them die down naturally in a sheltered corner, the bulbs can then be dried and bagged or just left and replanted the next year.
Another tip is to buy the pond baskets from a GC they come in all sizes and shapes, plat up the basket with bulbs, cram them in, sink in compost until ready then dig a hole and plant the basket complete, I do that for my Daughters, the baskets can then be lifted and left to die down naturally. It does not cost the earth as once bought they last years, the bulbs get a good start in shelter then instant flower garden. As with everything some planning ahead saves both time and money.

PS Yes G/G a rich and often colourful life none of which I would change though I do miss Joan..

Discussions started by Palaisglide

A garden is the best medicine

Home at last after a NHS holiday 
Replies: 37    Views: 1507
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 11:14

A Senior Moment.

Do we all have them? 
Replies: 286    Views: 10741
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 23:07

A grand Auld Lad.

Not me Max the dog. 
Replies: 21    Views: 1253
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 12:11

The established Garden.

Who needs change 
Replies: 34    Views: 1640
Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 13:53

How old are your gardens

The real question how old are your plants 
Replies: 7    Views: 700
Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 14:56

Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Grew up with them then could not get them 
Replies: 3    Views: 621
Last Post: 13/05/2014 at 22:22

Poetry Thread

Describe your garden, your thoughts, in verse. 
Replies: 38    Views: 2129
Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 23:17

Get Rid of your Lawns

The wrod according to Bob Flowerdew. 
Replies: 44    Views: 3431
Last Post: 12/09/2012 at 18:54

Not all bad news in the garden

Some of the plants seem to love this weather? 
Replies: 12    Views: 1310
Last Post: 17/07/2012 at 22:56

Gardeners world weather

We are to get a 7 day forecast? 
Replies: 7    Views: 1834
Last Post: 18/07/2012 at 07:57
10 threads returned