Latest posts by Palaisglide

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:27

Orchid Lady Hello, it has been a busy time although as some friends contacted me on the personal message board I thought it best to assure them all I had not gone to the big parade ground in the sky.

Depends on your greenhouse really, a free standing greenhouse of what ever size takes a lot of heating, mine is wall mounted an a south facing brick wall that takes in the heat even in winter and gives it back at night. My reason for several buckets of water is to use them on the plants, our water is very soft and the rain over Teesside quite acidic. The water warms up and gasses off lovely for young and tender plants, in hard water area's I would use rain water from my butts.

A sand bed takes care of seeds and seedlings, shelving on the brick wall takes care of plants a bit tender and fleece or bubble wrap keeps the warmth where I need it, add a frost guard fan heater just in case and it is a belt and braces job.

We all had to learn and asking questions is the way to do that, do not be shy and you can bet someone else will be looking for the same answer, that is the beauty of this forum, mainly friendly.

Regards Frank.

acer mapel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:08

Correct, it was the Rhododendron thread with a time limit.

I do not see the point of digging round the root ball and loosening it up for the wind to bowl it over, may as well disturb it once then leave it to settle down again.


Good draining compost

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:36

Sand and fine gravel mixed with potting compost, around half compost to the sand and gravel, then just cover the seed lightly and they will need some warmth 18-20 degrees. They are a bit hit and miss taking up to three weeks to appear.

When ready to be planted out in a sunny border add manure and compost as you plant.

If you put the roots in boxes under glass in March you can take root cuttings a month later by far the quickest way to propagate. Watch out for Aphids when you put them out.


acer mapel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:32

Fleurisa, Supernoodle, Correct if you have a year or so to plan it, J.J. does not have the time as it seems his new drive is going in.

Needs must and having had to move stuff from garden to garden in rapid house moves, (sold much faster than we thought) I know it works.


Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:26

John, yes as I like keeping buckets of water in my greenhouse to warm and put on the young plants also to gas off, we have very soft water here and I find it better to use tap water than the chemical rain that falls and fills the water butts.

Dovefromabove "Missed" I doubt it, there were those who thought my old fashioned ways well outmoded, years of learning and hard work are not swept aside by modern very expensive methods that usually do not have the success expected, double digging still has its place.

Thank you for the welcome anyway, nice to know you have friends.

Regards Frank.

acer mapel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:09

The sap will be rising now so best left until October November.

Anything can be moved as we see at Chelsea, fully grown trees are often on show though cranes are needed.

Your Acer can be moved and the advice is always the same.

As big a root ball as you can get or handle, wrap it in plastic then move it to a prepared hole. Make sure it is well set in and water very well to settle the soil around the root. It will need staking for a year to let it bite into the ground. A bucket of water every day for a week and five minutes on the prayer mat should see it OK.

Good luck Frank.

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 11:16

Tomato's need minimum 10C and maximum 20-30C, depends on where you are really, here on the North East Coast one foot in the sea it is still a bit early unless you have heat in the green house or as I have a sand box with heating.

Place young plants which should be in 4inch pots in a warm area of the green house at floor level, often ten degrees warmer than higher up, cover with fleece at night and take that off in the morning, "I know hard work" a minute or two in the greenhouse before going to work and after sooths and brings you down from the tensions of work.

In my case a sand box with warming cables and thermostat means you do not have to waste heat on the whole greenhouse and shelves above the sand box means you can lift the plants above the heat whilst starting more in the sand, I surround it with bubble wrap to keep the heat in.

Once the plants are in the 12 inch pots on the floor a minimum heat frost guard keeps them happy, heating is costly and wasteful so use fleece or bubble wrap to contain the heat that builds up during the day. Ventilation is also very important.


rhododendron needs moving

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:52

Paul, sounds as if you do have any choice, if the drive is going it becomes move it or lose it.

Old Rhododendron can be cut back to around two feet from the ground, then dig around it well out from the roots taking as big a root ball as possible or you can manage, wrap it in plastic and tie whilst moving and preparing the new spot, keep damp.

The root ball can be lightly trimmed, make sure you add some acidic soil, they do not like alkaline or neutral soil, replant and wait, it could be a couple of years or more before it settles and flowers.

Good luck, Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:31

Stockton fairly bright warm and muggy, the sun has just appeared shining through the south facing windows.
Nice surprise today the Peony's have flowered, the dark red one is underpinned with the Cranes Bill and is a complete picture. The Pink one is next to a Deutzia which is in full bloom with white flowers all next to a neatly trimmed Golden Privet stand alone shrub, a cloud of mixed colours, sorry i do not use colour cards.
Had my own strawberry's for tea last night and what was left in my porridge this morning, "ain't life lovely" well I think so.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:03

Woodgreen, REME was formed in 1942 before that it was Royal Engineers, RASC, RAOC, and RA who all had their own mechanical sections. The desert war made them realise a different set up was required to keep everything rolling mainly the Armour. I was always armour from being forcibly transferred from the DLI to REME, kicking and screaming I may say as I wanted nothing to do with those scruffy grease monkeys. I suppose it was bl###y mindedness that made me get stuck in and reach ASM/ WO1.
During Suez I did serve briefly with a dock petrol supply company but they wanted me back with the Armour.

The sun shone all day in Stockton my washing dried on the line, the weeds and a nest of snails died a horrible death, they ate my string beans, the mint got divided into another bucket, I love mint sauce and the insects had a field day on the Cranes Bill and other plants, life at the moment is lovely.


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