Latest posts by Palaisglide

seedling help?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:34

Lisa, seeds need warmth and with some that also means cover either a plastic lid or a plastic bag over them, the compost should be moist not wet.
It is late for some of those seeds although you could still get a result. take a walk through a Garden Centre they would be selling off plants on the cheap rack now if they have any left, just start earlier next year with some heat and shelter.
I have a greenhouse and a sand bed with warming cables to start things off although this year it all started much later than normal, I saw this morning my Tomato's have flowers on them so although a month late you can see they are well on from seed.
This is a friendly board so do not be afraid to ask we are here to help as to the seeds put them somewhere warm and keep them just damp, I water seed trays from the bottom up, stand the tray in water for a few minutes, then see what comes, quite often they can take time to germinate. Who knows if we have a warm Autumn you could be eating your harvest when all ours have long gone.


MOB rants

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:19

Pentillie, had a very good pot of tea in a Cafe in Helmsley last week, Yorkshire tea, hot and strong with a jug of boiling water too, I did enjoy it.
We still get Rington's tea here, the van calls and if I have too much left they take it back and give me fresh. I love their Ginger biscuits, you know you have had one unlike those tiny round things from the S/Market with no taste.

My rant is B/Gas, they now owe me £225 saying they will fund it back, I am dual fuel and that is the Electric, I owe a bit less than that on the Gas both paid monthly through the bank so why can they not take it off the Gas then. What is so complicated about running a single account for both I ask?????


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:05

Stockton on Tees, Sunshine, Rainstorm, High winds, that was the first hour, back to sunshine, less wind, cool so greenhouse just cracked open and I have flowers on my tomato's, not all bad news then.


Compost making

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:53

Pamela, a favourite plant for me although 24 would be pushing it.
Spreading them around the garden attracts the insects for the other plants and I also have a couple around my sun trap seating area, the scent is fantastic.
Mine are all from cuttings now, with 24 you could go into business.
Sit now and then just enjoy what you have, I have learned to do that after many years, there was always something to do.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:46

Stockton sunny although bitter cold wind, opened greenhouse then closed it again leaving the vents open was enough.


Compost making

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:32

Pamela, not quite sure what you mean.
Are you ripping out complete old shrubs or giving them the light prune they require.
Prunings can go on the heap, shrubs into the green waste if you have one.
Pruning Lavender is a gentle art, you take off the old flower heads and then trim lightly to round the shrub off a bit, stop it becoming straggly. never cut into old brown wood as it will never regrow.
They do become bare near the base as they grow and I take cuttings keeping some to replace older shrubs, they last around eight years before becoming too large, (I like smaller rounder shrubs), cuttings can take a couple or more years before ready to put in the ground, well that is my way, others may say different.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 23:25

Zoomer, In the case of 21 for tea jus-Rol is the way to go and even profesional cooks use it. As with gardening anything that cuts out some of the work is worth a try.
Keep going on the Scones, do not make them too wet and the secret is to cut with a small cutter, the pastry no less than three quarters of an inch thick.
Knocking up a batch of dough in a bread maker then taking it out to raise it works. Then cut it into eight or ten buns raise again and bake, in this house they do not get time to cool.
I never put meat into pastry then freeze it, make your pastry wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for up to four days before use if you wish. I make Rough Puff and do that. Get it back out and roll it out for use when you need it no messing about freezing then and no soggy bottoms on the pie or from the meat not being cooked properly.
Keep at it and in time it will be second nature, Daughter said I did not weigh out the flour for the Yorkies today, well no I have done it so many times.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:13

Zoomer, you are jumping in at the deep end with Forcaccio, the oil makes a big difference as to how you handle it and it does take some handling. The raising in an oiled bowl and then the knocking down can be messy. When on the oiled tray you really do have to bang your fingers into it to make the delves for the topping then a very hot oven.
Scones the less you work them the better, pull the dough together and pat into a round, flatten down gently until about an inch thick then cut through with the back of the cutter, straight down no twist, then onto the baking tray, twenty minutes 180 fan then get the strawberry jam and cream out.

Stockton weather good with some rain, greenhouse door cracked but not full open.
Grandchildren just left full of chicken dinner and ice cream, two happy kids.
I had 21 for tea yesterday and they mostly ate home cooked.


My evening last night - if I didn't laugh I'd have cried!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 11:15

"oops" what a day this has been, they should write a song about it.
As for the comment "things cannot get worse" that is asking for it.
Sorry Veggie, hopefully it is a once in a lifetime day, it certainly makes us appreciate the good days.

This government needs to wake up fast or else electric out takes will be a common event. They are closing down all the coal fired generating stations with nothing in place to take over, Germany are building coal fired ones??
Wind power is slow not very effective and has a footprint bigger than a Yeti, they all say wind is free although the fabrication of the unit, the oil in that large gear box and as an engineer I know how often high speed gear boxes fail, pure madness.

Cheers Veggie day day is a fresh start Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:57

Stockton sunny although windy, nice and warm, greenhouse open and Sonny the little dog wet. He was chasing the water as I filled the cans and knocked a plant pot over so I soaked him he will not do it twice.

Zoomer, Pastry is so easy to make I put my brain out of gear doing it. All three types are used here sweet spicy and raised, these days I do cheat using the mixer. My lot will all be here tomorrow eating their way through my food. They should not be hungry after the big meal at the wedding last Sunday, gannets have nothing on them.


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