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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Composting Problem

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 15:41

Rachel, Compost needs air heat and moisture, damp not wet.
I turn my compost every six weeks or so by tossing it into a barrow giving it a mix then tossing it back, a watering can with a spray nozzle to wet is as you throw it back is enough. That gets the air in and it will warm up itself, I do cover it at all times to stop it getting soaked by rain.
You can enhance it with a cup full of granular fertiliser mixed in as you turn it, I do have two heaps in wood frames one to use one to fill, in time you get lovely compost, add custard you could eat it. "oh err" don't try this at home.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 15:30

Caz, is my Cymraeg that bad, I ran along the leafy lanes in my car, "now" whether I was naked in the car, "well" it will not be the first time, many years ago it got hot in those vehicles in the Desert. Plus as you get older you tend to do unintentional things which is why I have followers, two community Police women and a police car sirens blazing.
I love having a run out along the lovely lanes surrounding the area seeing the wild life, "err" being naked could frighten them away, it also gives the car a warm up (I love getting the greens mad) like a good horse you need to ride it to keep it in trim. Trouble is my Son insists on me riding fully dressed ! spoil sport.
That's my excuse and I stick to it, "WHO spilt treacle on my keyboard??
Better lay off those Old Speckled Hens, the beer not the widows down the road.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 13:49

Stockton on Tees is cloudy and dull, no rain and I can see the Hills at the moment.
I ran along the leafy lanes "err" well a lot now naked it was quite warm, finally ending up in the Supermarket which will be nameless as it upsets people that proved to be almost empty??? Have people run out of money or are they saving it for a weekend mad rush?
Out side where I keep the herbs I notice my Tulips are putting up shoots, I told them it is too early.


Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 10:20

Dinah, I did not set out to upset your and no matter how old we are, in gardening there is always something new.
Re-inventing the wheel is not always the best way forward, at times the old ways which are possibly harder work are the best.
We all tend to collect more seed than we need so some loss as we separate seed from chaff will not matter, whilst it is on the board spread out you can pick the plumper seeds out, they seem to germinate best.
Keep looking for better ways, some day you may hit the jackpot.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 10:12

Sunday in Stockton sunny, blue sky, some fluffy cloud, a distinct weather front over the coast and out to sea much darker, hope it stays there. Sun is shining on the hills quite a nice view. Windows open so warmish.
Silver side of beef in the oven, some veg ready to roast and the rest later, a day of semi rest after rushing around yesterday, Daughter moved into new house all hands on deck.


Static-electrical winowing

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 23:39

Beats putting the seed in a paper bag and shaking it (closed of course) then putting it all on a flat board and gently wafting your hand over it to shift the chaff.
Us old lads learn something new every day.
Hang on while I shake the chaff out of my keyboard.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 15:04

"Rain" what were doing at three in the morning with time to check the temperature, I hope it is not in the green house??
My Daughter was moving today so I forecast rain, did not tell them though and down it came. I was hand delivering cards posting the third lot and calling on Daughter to see if all was well.
The water was flooding off the fields onto the back lanes even the dual carriageway had water laid on it.
They had so many helpers the removal men could not get in the house but I went straight out back to see the biggest garden of us all and laid to grass what a waste, that will alter.
Coming away in a storm of rain past the Wynyard it was full lights and crawl through the ponds, as I pulled through one wheel deep I saw a car coming the other way at full speed, did not stop to see what happened, idiots.


Brussels sprouts

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 10:54

Val8, it all depends on which kind you planted they come in early medium and late, the medium being ready for Christmas and the late from December to March.
The ground should have been well dug over with Manure, or Compost added then a sprinkling of granular fertiliser.
Plant them on in wet weather mid September (easy this year) if it is dry then wet them every day for a week until they take.
The bottom leaves will start to yellow so take them off but leave the top ones as a frost guard and pick the sprouts from the bottom up.
They do need some Autumn sun and usually a good frost when they have grown on the stem. As you pick them they will start to green up again from the bottom, we ate that as it was very good when greens were short, although back then food was seasonal.
Important, do not plant next years plants in this years ground move them on, a four year rotation is ideal.
Part cook the sprouts then put bacon lardons with some finely chopped onion in the frying pan and when nearly cooked drop the sprouts in and finish the cooking, that goes down well in our house.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 10:32

Stockton on Tees is dampish, warmish, and very dark, I have lights on everywhere so those windmills will be working overtime, either that or another ton of brushwood gone up in flames at Wilton (green fuel) or so they tell me???
What happened to the simple life and cheap electricity.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:13

The frost got frostier, the fog got foggier, the cold got colder and the idiot drivers on the supermarket car park got more idiotic, they were fighting over the parks closest to the doors when 20 yards away dozens of empty places.
It will not be a good night in Stockton then.


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