Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:39

Zenjeff, Wideopen, memories of running into Killingworth almost daily. The ham has to be home cooked with the pease pudding cooked in the liquid to Mum's old recipe handed down from old Aunts from Prudhoe plus how to make the Stottie or bottom oven bread as she called it. Now it is all Gregg's, what happened to the taste I ask. Cannot believe the still clear sky and sunshine.



Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:27

The way I see it, if you do not like the presenter or programme then do not watch "tis simples" as the Meerkats say. There are plenty of make over shows with young people strutting their stuff and if they entered my garden gate they would find the dog chewing their trouser legs (he is only little but fierce).

Monty gives both simple instruction for new starters and shows some of us very old hands what we have been doing wrong for years, the mix of the one hour show to me is perfect a bit of everything including Carol whom I love dearly. We have had the trendy younger presenters who threw expensive tools around and left them dangerously laying about, the bog land that got tons of topsoil dropped on it to no avail, the expensive trendy brick greenhouse that was not used to capacity and in the end the whole thing dropped quietly to die away. The BBC work on numbers, Monty and Nigel bring in those numbers and if something is working then leave it alone. People will ask me did I see the latest death and destruction on Corrie or some young wannabe thrown out of a jungle. NO I do not watch, I have an on off switch on my TV.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:06

A big currant bun, looks like a fresh stottie cake in the sky and what on earth is all that blue stuff around it I ask. Great North Run weather they usually get good weather for that and Mo will be trying to beat his last run. Meanwhile we in Stockton will take in the warmth of that mysterious Orb in the sky and luxuriate.


Pears, picking

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:25

Pears should be thinned in August, leave one fruit on a cluster if the crop is very heavy or two fruit if it is light. Pick as soon as you see a change in skin colour, lift and twist the fruit it should come away easily then will take a day or two to ripen, if the stalk twists and breaks then leave for a few days. The fruits will all ripen at different times so you pick as they change colour. If left to ripen on the tree the centre will start to go brown. One other thing Pears like Nitrogen fertiliser so in spring put down a mulch containing some granular fertiliser around the base of the tree not touching the trunk, pruning is normally done about now too.


Planting beds in a greenhouse

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:03

It is all a matter of your own experience. After a year worse than this one many moons ago most people around me lost their tomato's to blight, we all had them in beds and the only one not infected was the chap who grew them in pots. Out went the beds in came the pots and all these years since have never had blight, that of course could be down to other things although there was blight around two years ago. The idea of the gravel bed is water holds in it and the area around the pots sitting on the gravel has a higher moisture level. I can get more pots on the bed than if it was a soil bed and plants can be moved around easily. My way with the pots is use twelve inch ones and plant half way down the pot, top up the pot with fresh compost every couple of weeks and then start feeding with Tomorite or some such, always had a good crop of fruit and as I said earlier no more blight.

That is what gardening is about experimenting until you find the best way for you then stick to it. When I had a soil bed it had to be dug out every couple of years and refilled to ensure no soil  held infections  that was OK when I had an acre but no good when we had a normal size garden and buying bags of potting soil can get expensive. I pass on advice as to what I found over many years and that is all it is advice, scoff at it or use it that is entirely up to the reader.


Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:42

Was sitting in my Daughters Summer house lunching today, nice and warm and the breeze blowing the grasses in her garden every which way, must admit it all looked very nice as they shimmered and danced to the music of birds bees and lawnmowers. A Blackbird hopped to the door obviously looking for a bite of my salad, she got a bit of the jam tart later.

Question how do you get a hangover eating oggies and scones lathered with cream and jam, I never found the beer strong enough.


Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:32

All very well Verdun but tell me how do you mow them when you want to play football?

P.P. A reed bed maybe? you could thatch your roof.


Last edited: 09 September 2016 16:32:55

Planting beds in a greenhouse

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 15:02

Having had several GH's over the years I found the best way was forget inside beds. Digging the south side out laying a membrane then covering with pea gravel to a depth of six inches gave me a surface that could be watered and hold the water. Putting tomato's peppers and other plants in pots on that surface allowed more plants at floor level and when the growing season was done a staging put in the space for pots that needed some frost guard, alpines and such with space under the staging for overwintering other plants. On the north side a permanent staging for small plants, cherry tomato's seedlings etc. Also on that staging a heated sand box for seeds with shelves above the box to lift potted on seedlings still needing some warmth the whole having a curtain of bubble wrap around it to keep the heat in. All my storage is in the garage and my potting table can be inside or out depending on weather, I do not clutter up valuable GH space trying to do the potting and such in there. You will find your own way and it depends on what other space you have for working with your plants although you will find no GH is ever big enough for your needs. Hope this helps.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 09:49

Stockton very dull when I got out of bed though getting brighter by the minute now. Aym you can have some of the rain we have had, it had rained solidly before St Swithin was invented. Sun poking its nose out of the clouds to see if it is OK to shine.


Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:12

Right T.F. Do nothing for seven to ten days, let the grass get some new growth. Then rake it over which will lift some of the thatch and moss.  If you have the energy and time use your garden fork and walk up and down the lawn prodding it as deep as you can manage. Now mix some fine compost with washed sand about 50-50 and throw it in shovelfuls across the lawn, with a stiff brush, as stiff as possible sweep it across the lawn, it will go down the holes you prodded with the fork helping to aerate the roots. After all that a cup of tea and a bun spread the Feed and Weed Plus Moss Killer as to instructions. Be very careful not to drop big hand fulls anywhere on the lawn, if you do sweep it around as you do with the sand and compost. NOW water it in and I mean water. My way is to tie the hose to my fork and stick it in the ground, if you put it on spray it covers more ground, walk away do something else just returning to move it to another spot until the lawn is well soaked, and that is the secret, plenty of water, not a watering can with a rose, that will not even dampen the grass.You live two hours down the coast from me so your weather will be much the same never too hot or too cold compared with other parts of the UK, our weather is from the North Sea, it tends to be more moderate. Feed and weed will work for us though not for all. Good luck and I am sorry to say lawns are not easy you need to work at it.


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