Latest posts by Palaisglide

Which Greenhouse heater????

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 23:39

My Brother in Law had a 20 foot by Ten foot greenhouse and used tube heaters in winter on thermostats. As the price of electricity rose he had to lower the thermostat and wrap the house with thick bubble wrap, in the end he switched off the Tubes and used two fan heater on frost guard. As it was his part time business he had to have at least frost guard.

If you are using the green house for just a few over winter plants the best way is to make a tent of bubble wrap away from the door and put a frost guard fan heater in which is what I normally do, a heated sand bed with bubble wrap curtains takes care of early seeds, shelves above that take care of  young plants, heat rises.

Heating a greenhouse by any means is costly, Paraffin and gas cause condensation, electricity is expensive hence my fan heater with frost guard, it works out cheapest of an expensive lot. It also helps to blanket individual plants.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:11

Orchid lady, Bentley were a good solid make, most music teachers around here had them as I saw when taking my Granddaughters to lessons. When my Yamaha three keyboard organ gave up the ghost after being well and truly played into the ground, Joan and I went shopping. We obviously had differing agenda, I was looking at up market keyboards she was looking at very expensive Yamaha Clavinova, we met in the middle which means she won, they took the battered old organ in part exchange which meant the Clavinova cost less in thousands. It is her legacy to me, I play the songs she loved and often sang, musical memories that oft bring a tear even after all this time. At 40 you are a mere whipper snapper Joan taught herself to play on the organ at 50, I did not know she was doing it whilst I was not there came home early one day and wondered who was playing so well.

Christmas New year and Birthday parties all huge family affairs it was music, singing, Dancing and now we do it all for the grandchildren long may it flourish.


Greenhouse bases

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:50

Jonathan, are you laying the whole floor or just a centre path? My greenhouse went in 27 years ago with a centre floor laid on sand, a wood side bar and soil on both sides of the path to grow plants in. Over the years the soil came out gravel laid and staging went in one side with a hot sand bed, in all this time those slabs never moved, I washed them down yesterday still as good as new, after all it is not having to take a car, just you walking on it, why bother with cement?


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:24

Orchid lady, you are obviously not wearing your Lorgnette there have been several posts the last Ailsa Craig on plants.

I could write a master class on music and morale, after long hard and very hot Desert days we would all sit round in the cool dark evening and sing, there was no rank we all sat and talked together, some one would start a song and all join in, it brought memories of home under the bright star studded sky of a very foreign land. We sang in chorus or individuals, I could sing a lot of the Richard Tauber songs thanks to Dad, and "out on the plains the weary soldiers all are marching would bring a cheer, we were there doing it.

On cold wet Luneburg we would gather under a canvas with the big stone jar of rum and sing until we fell down, next day the cheery grins would be back, music was certainly the best medicine for most.

Go back and half an hour a day practice will soon have you up to speed and progressing, having the Accordion helped me when there was no piano and the grandchildren think it wonderful I can get a tune out of their little electronic music thingees, music makes you smile.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:56

It makes one ask "what is music"? A feel good urge to do jobs we do not really like, Wall Paper, a walk down memory lane, Our phantasies replayed, or like strawberry jam on a warm scone a naughty pleasure. I do not play music in the garden though it sometimes burbles away in the conservatory with the doors open. Saturday started as a lovely sunny day I was outside when with no warning and sun still shining I was hit by hail stones followed be a deluge, that was the end of the garden and at a loss I decided to do some piano practice. a long time not done and for some reason started with Alice Blue Gown one of my old Dad's favourites, followed by Irish and Scottish songs until my Son Landed with long time since I heard you play can you___ and so followed some modern until my wrists hurt and I gave up. I did realise I had a real feel good factor. I have boxes of sheet music maybe I should work my way through it on rainy days.

Being brought up in the big band era the band music is much preferred to the twang of guitars though some of the modern top songs are quite pleasant, at the moment it is music of the night by Webber, his music is testing as it is melodic, everything in five flats and I have to watch it when playing from the sheet music. I guess all those years of playing Lily Marlene to drunk squaddies marred my musical tastes.


Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 22:22

ImpHosta, be my guest. As I wrote I was thinking back to a walled garden and smallholding from which my Father fed us and the extended family, a gentle hard working man who spent every spare minute in the garden doing everything the old fashioned way.. "It was how I was taught son, it works, why change it" and there was me thinking up better ways, now I do it his way.

As I filled pots with compost with my hands, placed the strawberry runners and pinned them down, tamped the compost and watered them in, the birds were singing a huge brown tail Bumble bee was hovering and sitting on the fence the first house sparrow I have seen this year, a cheeky little thing chirping his head off at my garden blackbird who thinks he owns the place. Peace on earth indeed among the news stories of war and hate we find our own Eden, there you have got me at it now. I may have to restart my Poetry thread again.


Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:54

It is a glorious day here in the North East and green house wide open. Spent time side shooting the Ailsa Craig tomato's, the ones I was brought up with as a lad and far superior in taste to Money maker or Shirley I do have others as I love a yellow and  the cherries, the Ailsa are picked once ripe and few reach the kitchen.

I potted the runners on the Strawberries a lot of them so doubled my plants for next year if they all come, they are in a John Innes number two compost they need some drainage. It was nice working out in the sun making new plants giving others TLC I never thought I would say this but I am turning into my old Dad, he was a gardener from the old world and I still think he was right all along.

Happy Gardening Frank.

Repairing a hose

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:34

Mark, No is the short answer. Most supermarkets with a garden section have hose to hose connectors for a couple of pounds, cut the bad bit out and fit the connector job done.


Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:17

Nin, in this day and age money is a problem for many, there are ways, tying old tin cans to the gate with a pebble in is a simple method we used in the army, usually a Camel or Goat but on the odd occasion did the job. You cannot put barbed wire in the garden it is against the law but the odd tripping hazard also works, you have to remember you put it there. Boxes or crates can be picked up for nothing if you look and pots packed in and a couple of batons screwed on is simple, these people do not hang about it is in and gone in seconds, easy pickings.

I would say I was surprised by the hang them high posts, you do have to prove guilt and it is very often the last person you would suspect and not the obvious person you thought. Once hung the witch is dead guilty or not.

As my insurance tells me it is up to me to take all positive steps to secure my own property, leaving your keys in the car and the engine running for some reason says neglect so put away or out of sight anything worth money, some areas are much worse than others so more care needed.


Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:59

It is to be assumed you do not have a place the pots can be stowed with secure locks, you can get Boxes bins and containers cheaply in local adverts or e-bay. These would hold a lot of pots stacked and then chains and locks added. As with all things you are the one who bears the cost to protect your property and thieves will not go to a lot of trouble, if they find stuff locked away then they will wander off to a place where it is easy pickings.

Years ago around me there were a number of garage raids, mine was not touched because I had added a secure side lock, I did show a couple of people how easy it is to slip a garage normal centre lock, they then fitted extra locks and it all stopped.

The time to watch for this sort of thing is not at night but just after dawn, it is surprising how many people are wandering around who will pick up anything that will turn a pound says he who hammers a stake into the ground then wires his large pots to the stake after losing a couple from the front of the house and this is a good area.


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