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Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:48

Same as you Gardenfanatic, a sea mist early on now clear blue sky and sunshine, it is heating up already.
The beef is warming up to room temperature before going in the oven and Alfy is belting round with his ball full of life.
Zoomer thanks for the offer but Alfy may find it hard to keep up as you flash along the A66 with the lead out of the window, saying that, the way he is running round he could over take you.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 09:03

Woke up today it was so light was thinking I had slept in, it was seven o clock now at nine it is brilliant, The box? well not quite right, "Partly cloudy" do not know which part they mean we ain't got any.
Alfy has had a walk, is galloping around like a two year old, he is twelve which makes him 84 in our years but he is one happy lad and once he went to his bed I never heard him until this morning, he has just galloped through with his ball.
Have a good day everyone whatever you are doing.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 23:24

Posh My daughter took me, you are advised not to drive that day after the test and it did take a while. Worth it though to know there is no change so must be doing something right.
My Lodger Alfy this time a white and tan terrier who is sitting on my feet making sure I go nowhere without him, he shared my lamb steak tonight. They have all gone up to Northumberland for a charity run tomorrow so I have him two days.
It was very hot and humid sitting haveing a sandwich in Daughters garden today, they are off to Cyprus tomorrow and we get Alfy back for a month when the others go of to America next week. It will seem like being on my holidays not having them fussing.


wooden potting tray

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 11:13

Iris, it is not a good idea to leave potting compost in the tray for too long and monty probably makes his mix then uses it all in one go.
I have a heavy duty custom made plastic one which as Maud says is easily cleaned and sterilised. Mix just the amount you need and any left over put back in the bag.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 11:08

Chris Maud Pam glad someone worries about me, thanks for that.
While the drops are doing their work they look at your feet so imagine me sitting on the couch wriggling like a big girls blouse with my eye's shut whilst the Nurse tickled my feet. I got top marks for circulation and touch and she told me many much younger people did not have either.
Warm and sunny today on Teesside the box has it right, not bad one out of seven, who would be a forecaster.
Sewage in the sea is a thing of the past up here although muck spreading can overpower the roses at times, it is late this years as the harvest is not in yet.


Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 10:57

David I usually agree with you but you missed the bit that said wall mounted, the only time it was below freezing was a while back when we had three months of snow and ice. I have a warming cable sand box with thermostat and cover it with bubble wrap when in use. True in summer I sometimes need the fan.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 00:29

Teesside was sunny though cloudy this morning and early afternoon then it came in dull and cold. I was out most of the day and this afternoon had to visit the Retinopathy to have my eye's firstly attacked with eye drops that felt like acid then burnt out by what seemed like a million watt light to take photo's of the eye, glad to say I now have my sight back.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 00:21

I did watch with some doubt although suitably surprised there were no big errors. The Fordson Tractor in our area on the normal farms was a rarity, although various types of singe cylinder models did exist, it was still mainly steam for threshing and hauling the large roots out of the ground as trees were cleared. When the tractor did arrive we removed the plugs each night and put them on top of the range that never went out, drained the float chamber and next morning filled the float with petrol out of the small tank fired it up with a couple of swings and when warm changed over the paraffin.
Never saw one of those parafin stoves apart from the Army we had the big black range which burnt what ever we had going plus a gas oven.
The black outs were a light wood frame and tar paper plus curtains in the bedrooms and over doors with plenty of loose cloth at the bottom to stop draught and keep the light in. We mainly used gas light though did have a single electric lamp in each room and of course the Radio.
What they did not show was that all spare ground was dug up including parks playing fields common land and even the verges outside houses, they were planted up with food items, millions of people provided a good amount of their own food also keeping a few chicken and a pig, we had a small holding so had quite a few fowl and animals.
I certainly have no memory of night ploughing probably because we had German Bombers flying in over the coast to go inland Bombing the Northern city's then flying back out over us dropping any spares they had left over on us.
Just to add we in the North also had flying bombs, the Germans flew near the coast and released them one did fall less than a mile from us.
Tell Ruth you changed gear at the halt.


Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 23:59

Tootles, I bought a Robinson that size 27 years ago and apart from putting some extra vents in the side (it is wall mounted South facing) has given perfect service.
Good solid aluminium frames, thicker glass and full frame glazing bars. It is up there with the more expensive GH's but in the middle price class there are some very serviceable ones. The full glazing bar glass fixings are what to look for as the ones with clips blow out with high winds.
I do not have soil just paves up the centre and gravel on plastic each side, the tomato pots sit on the gravel which holds the moisture and I find the roots are into the gravel as I clean up after the tomato's are over.


Soil or Compost??

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 14:52

Mrs M, fill your bed with general compost then top it off with John Innes which does have soil or loam in its mix.
If you use a rotation system, yes even in a small bed you can self fertilise using beans peas that add Nitrogen down to a handful of lime for the cabbages and greens. Moving crops round in the bed also rests it from one crop planting which can in time add to any diseases. Work it so you have a small amount of any crop being ready on say a weekly basis that way you do not have waste or be eating one thing for every meal.
Having worked at ICI the use of chemical fertiliser does not worry me as long as it is used sparingly.


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