Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the best way to shade a greenhouse?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 10:43

Julie, Do not use paint you will regret it, open the door and any vents and a couple of buckets of water on the floor will help cool it.
My greenhouse is South facing so I fitted extra vents, they can be manual or automatic at the ends so door open one end vents open the other a cooling draught wafts through.
I also use a cooling fan on hot days if ever we get any and individual plants can have a bit of green mesh hung over or around them.
The plants need the sun just as we do so shading the whole greenhouse defeats the object. If we have a heat wave lift your trays outside into a sheltered place during the day and put them back at night.
I have a bench outside in a nice sunny sheltered spot and put the trays on that during the hot part of the day, and yes I do vaguely remember hot parts of the day, once upon a time.



Posted: 15/04/2013 at 00:04

Cecilia I think is asking can she lift them after flowering the answer is yes although they are best left until the leaves die down.
When the flowers are finished cut them off and leave them for at least six weeks as the leaves feed the bulb for next year. If you need the space then put a fork under the bulb lift the whole bulb and leaves gently then drop them into a pot, it does not matter if you crowd them in, fill the pot with compost and put to one side with some sun and let them die down.
I lift mine and drop them into a Nursery bed (an area not in use as yet) in rows and let them rest and feed.
Never fold the leaves down, or tie them in a knot, or even cut them off, they are the feed factory for the bulb to flower next year.
RAIN, my Daf's opened on Saturday which to me was the first day of Spring up here, it was sunny and warm with no easterly breeze, the first time in months, today they got blown over, you cannot win.


how do I shapen blades on a old suffolk punch 35s

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 13:29

Koiman, I did my old Suffolk with a fine file and then emery paper it gave me a cut, now a perfect cut I would not expect from and old machine unless it had been taken out and honed on a machine plus a new bottom blade.
When I worked on the club Bowling greens we were honing and adjusting blades all the time. I would lift them onto a bench and using a fine file from the back of the blade take off the burrs then Emory paper to finish, sometimes the trouble is not the rotary part but the bottom cutting plate bent, it may be slight and that is all it takes, had three of them on my old machine over the years.


Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:59

Red Dahlia, do not tip the potato's out of the bucket, just put the bucket complete into the plastic bag then top up and in time the bucket will be covered but it matters not.
If you have any old house bricks around put them on the ground under your plants they take in heat and give it back at night, depends if you wish to look at a building site or a pond of hot water bottles.


Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:31

Red Dahlia, get a plastic bag put some soil in the bottom and drop your bucket in the bag. The potato's grow on the Haum which is the bit that grows out of the seed potato, you earth up to stop light getting to the new potato's and turning them green, never eat green potato's as they contain Ptomaine a deadly poison.
You can now earth up your potato's until just some top green leaf is showing, they will shoot up so earth up until flowers show then let them ripen remembering to water well once bagged up, a couple of slits in the base of the plastic bag will let the excess water out.
Watering, keep some of your large pop bottles, before you go away water the plants well, fill the pop bottle with water then either drill a hole in the screw cap and upend it in the plant pot or put a material wick into the bottle with the screw cap off and upend it in the pot, the water will seep out when the compost dries and lets air into the water, if the soil is wet the air cannot seep into the bottle releasing the water.
It works on hanging baskets too.

advise needed

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:58

Nicholas, you only learn by asking and we all started at the bottom. Make sure your grow-house is in a sheltered spot preferably facing west and out of prevailing winds, wind chill is the killer as well as too much heat.
Leave it closed on cold or cool days and open if warm for air to circulate, if you are at work all day then open it up in the morning and close at night.
We are all as Monty Don said tonight at least twenty days behind and we are all sowing seed late, it will come later and be there when it would normally have gone over so we should still be eating tomato's in October, that is quite regular here in the North East of England.
Leave your onions until the soil warms a bit then put them in the ground, the less disturbance they get the better.


Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 23:46

Cut the large bottles in half and you have two cloches all be one has a cork in it.
If it is cold leave them on if warm lift them or tilt them open with a pebble or stick, yes they work.
When using a tray put a stick in each corner and maybe a couple in the middle and drape clear plastic over the tray, pebbles on the bottom overlap of the plastic holds it in place a bit of tape round the top of the stick stops it puncturing the plastic, lift one side if warm and remember to turn the box each day if possible. Food bags make very handy cloches over single pots with four sticks round the edges to hold the bag up and one of those elastic bands the postmen throw away round the base. It all helps.


MOB rants

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:23

G/G, I plugged a hand held mouse in to my laptop when I had problems with the built in mouse and it worked a treat apart from having somewhere solid to move it on, a table mat came in handy. My problem turned out to be crumbs, a good clean cured it.


garden rake

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Agnes, I ask why.
The action all my gardening life was lift and push the rake away from you then drop and rake back towards you. Even with hinged tines you would still have to lift the rake or else the tine bar would push stuff away from you.
When raking for a seed bed I keep some lift in the rake and stroke backwards and forwards to get a tilth.
I have two rakes one with flexi tines for leaves and lawns and one with fixed tines for other jobs like raking after hoeing, it comes in handy to lean on and peruse the garden whilst planning the next move, well that is my excuse.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:58

Hello Jo, I am back it was a quick fix although will still buy a new computer this is long in the tooth now.
Stockton is cold and damp around 6'C with a promise of better tomorrow although as the words in the song South of the Border, "tomorrow never comes", my head is full of old songs, I played them so often and the piano got a work out while waiting for the new power cord.


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