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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:46

I ask why? why put down the paves first? my greenhouse a Robinson was erected straight onto the soil which I did dig out a few inches. They supplied long steel ground anchors which when driven into the ground made the frame solid, it has never moved in nearly thirty years. The single pave path was laid down the centre and I used the two side plots to plant into changing the soil every couple of years.
As time went on I dug out the soil beds and put in a membrane covered with gravel to put pots on now the north side of the greenhouse is staging with warming beds and shelving.
What I am saying is the greenhouse changes as its use also changes, putting it onto a permanent slab base will reduce your options in the future, you are tied to a pave floor or dismantle and rebuild.
Give a lot of thought to what you wish to use it for, independent fastening down will give you many options for the future>


Gravel Trays

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:31

I think we are talking two different things here, like Zoomer I run water over the pave walkway in the greenhouse for humidity when the weather is hot, I also keep several cans full of water warming up to water the plants next day. That is also for humidity which is needed for most greenhouse plants.
Now the gravel trays, the idea is to have the gravel damp so it is humid around the tomato's which they need. I would suggest taking a trowel and turning the gravel round the pots every couple of days, this will disturb the growth which will be harmless but unsightly, bringing fresh gravel to the top and let it dry out a little by keeping the water low in the gravel trays.
My tomato pots sit on a bed of gravel which I take the rake to a couple of times a week disturbing the small seedlings that seem to want to grow and clearing any weeds, chick weed seems to love greenhouse gravel, a run over with the Dutch hoe sorts that out.
Air movement is essential in a greenhouse so I have extra vents which I can open when needed and on very hot days (if ever) I use a fan to move the air.
Hope this will help but you will always get moss either on pots or the gravel when you have humid warm air.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:12

Maud, on our weather program last night both East and West Sussex where covered in rain cloud that is the sunny South for you.
Teesside awoke to cloud at seven this morning, now the sun is shining although there is some vicious looking dark cloud to the North. Some blue sky some white cloud overhead and the Cleveland Hills are in view today showing all the detail so "our Rain" if probably watching her garden dry out.
It is not as warm as yesterday although quite breezy, that should keep the clouds moving out to sea.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 11:34

Posh, although driven to practice I did learn at an early age being able to play was good for pulling the girls especially "In the mood" "sentimental journey" "American patrol" and some of the weepies like "Soldiers dream of home and Suda Bay.
Fell asleep many a good night in the mess under the piano stool, music can lift the spirit at the most unlikely times.

Weather dull and cloudy although no rain as yet, cannot see across the Tees to Rain's neck of the woods, we had no rain in the vale of York when parts of it were flooding yesterday, I sat in a lovely conservatory watching the clouds sweep over the fields full of animals.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 10:51
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

Oh, Frank - that's not a vague refence to the war, is it?  Now, now - you know that it makes some people a bit twitchy!  You'll be extolling the virtues of Glen Miller or Vera Lynn soon (please!)

POSH, "Moi" "nimmer-mehr" as a matter of fact because of the rotten TV coverage last night I did get an hour's practice on the old "Joanna" and you guessed right a lot of Glen Miller got an airing.
Back on track, Teesside today is bathed in sunshine although there is some heavy cloud up there, the greenhouse is open and the Toms got a trowel full of my gold compost and a watering, I love the smell when you do that.
No cooking today we are down in the Vale of York for a family party, my Granddaughter the Engineer is on leave from Canada to go to a wedding, she goes back early in the week so a chance for me to catch up.
They have upgraded the M1 motorway so I will need to find my way into the village, it had been blocked off.
What would we do without life's little problems to solve.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 00:19

Posh, remember mine is a well trained WO1 voice, I did have quite a reasonable Tenor voice before bawling it hoarse at recruits.
Al Bowlly has to stand in for me now with "begin the Beguine" beats all this "ere" skiffle stuff around these days?
Hello Jacque and David do not think you are on the wrong thread, Saturday nights get a bit mad, it is all that football which I watch with the sound off, cannot stand pundits who comment on a different game than I am watching, or so it seems?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 23:30

Posh, will do, my aim in life is keeping my little granddaughter happy.
I put the growth down to my playing Al Bowlly and Chick Henderson's latest hits on the wind up gramophone more than my green fingers, saying that they were very green after sorting out the tomato's.
Never stopped raining after tea, the lights were on early adding to the global warming,"err" when are we going to get some of that warming? we are paying plenty for it.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 16:03

Outside in a warm rain staking foxgloves and flag irises, too much water for them.
Tomato's now tied in and side shoots gone most from the bottom, nothing there one day and a forest the next. Granddaughters sun flower gained six inches from last week, she will be pleased.
Sun, rain, sun, rain, no point in running in and out just worked in it, but nice and warm.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 11:47

We had a sunset last night "Rain" on our side of the Tees, a bit watery but still better than nothing.
This morning at 06:00 it was black as night although it improved by the time I went out just after nine, the sun is trying to shine on me as I write though it is cloudy, I can see across the valley today and it looks fairly clear.
Blaydon Races today, hope it keeps fine for all those girls in their finery.
Must attack those side shoots on the Toms again, they are growing faster than the main stalk.


Fork Handles

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 11:01

I went to Blaydon races
twas on the ninth of June
Eighteen hundred and sixty two
On a summers afternoon
I took the bus at Balmbras
And she was heavy laden
Away we went along Collingwood Street
thats the way to Blaydon.

Followed by the chorus every one gets so wrong.
I worry about you Southern lot and a bit of wind and rain, the Newcastle lasses the flowers of the North will be out and about whatever the weather at Blaydon Races tomorrow well fortified with Newcastle brown brewed in Gateshead.
Come on you lot its only a bit of wet?


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