Latest posts by Palaisglide

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:19

Fidgetbones,  "Teachers just hate that" Not to sure about that.

At Art I was rubbish could not draw a stick man, engineering drawing never less than 85. Eggy Plummer my maths and technical drawing teacher would bring things in to strip and draw in three dimensions, he brought in a Dynamo. stripped cleaned measured and drawn I took it home tested it fitted new brushes from Dads store and took it back working. Thanks he said .I knew you could not resist fixing it I will put it back on my car now. I did not feel used, just useful.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:26

Hello David, He was the Editor of the BBC Northern Gardening Programme and wrote many books one of them being The No Dig Garden. All a long time ago when BBC Gardeners wore jacket and tie with polished shoes??

Gardening books as with Encyclopaedia's are really dip in to what you wish to look up, of all my many books I do not think I ever read one cover to cover apart from the RHS Encyclopaedia of plants and flowers, that one is falling to bits especially the section on old plant names.

The other RHS book is the how to but so old that all the cures for disease and weeds have been banned by H&S, still my Dad mixed all his own and I never forgot so H&S up yours.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:29

Rosemummy, I grew up with the songs and films of Bing Crosby and yes there is a Bing White Christmas in my collection which includes the old style Albums Tapes Discs and I-phones on this laptop.

We had the Bing copyists back then as there are many Elvis copyist which I hate, if I did want an Elvis (very doubtful) I would play Elvis.

At the moment the lilting melody of Vienna woods and as I write I dance as Joan and I did in Vienna, all a memory now as is the dancing, it is in my head.


How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:11

Growing up with a mad keen gardener, my Dad on a small holding with a very large walled garden helped. Although he was also a Haulage Contractor every spare minute was in the garden which fed not only us also an extended family. He got up with the dawn went to bed with the sunset and as the only son I had my nose in everything.

If you cannot eat it or sell it do not grow it was his motto “err” apart from his beloved Chrysanthemums his long row of Madonna Lily's and his Carnations, all of which won him prizes at the local shows so the lad who took a Sturmy Archer hub gear apart at twelve, was told that will never go back together, it did back on the bike and worked for years was also into livestock and gardening. It rubbed off as I watched a thousand years of husbandry put to good use pre- and during the war a godsend during food rationing.

Secondary School the Army and years without a garden then back to it and guess what, made all the mistakes trying to short cut, be modern, there must be an easier way syndrome, well there isn't.

Several houses and gardens later and 27 I wish, multiply that by a lot and here I am, Dad was right, if you do a job do it properly or not at all.

Adding to the knowledge of new gardeners is a nice feeling, they do not have to listen or do it my way, (they should write a song about that), and only post what I know about. My computer is surrounded by gardening books ancient and modern, gardening programmes a must and my real love of bringing back to life and health the plants my Daughters kill.


Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 15:07

Ellerslie83, believe it or not charity shops are a wonderland of garden books often never opened, people give them as presents they sit on shelves and end up in the charity bag, check them out.

My library of well used books give masses of information even though I am from the old school of gardeners, you never stop learning.

One bit of advice when you get your new garden is do nothing in a hurry, do the weeding and tidy it up but watch the plants develop flower go to seed, make notes, see what is working and what needs adjustment, you will be there for a long time take a long time to weigh things up and alter slowly as you put your personality on your new garden and we all do that.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:48

Orchid Lady, could be leaf hopper which in turn can cause bud blast disease.

What the modern treatment is I do not know my cure is now banned H&S, good job they cannot see what I have hidden.

You can prune them down a bit although that will set them back a year or so.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:51

Rosemummy, today Glorious sunshine and in the garden only bird song and insects.

My Rhododendrons in full bloom, Primroses still smiling at me. Tulips coming the Daf's going and fresh life everywhere, in my head "Roses of Spring" in my ears nature, what a wonderful sound.

The neighbours must be Easter Shopping.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 00:44

I stand corrected Shakespeare was never my writer of choice, nor the poetry of John Dunne people rave about, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Dumas, Wordsworth and other lyricists driven into me by Miss English my English Teacher for five years who saw something in the rebellious boy who asked questions and would not stand down when told "I am the teacher and it is because I say so", what they did not know my Mother bought me the complete set of Arthur Mee's Encyclopaedias which I read avidly. I knew they were wrong and too idle to look it up.

Every word I write now for the Local History library at one time a researcher in History for the BBC, the family history I am writing and on this forum comes down to that wonderful Lady, who I did not bless at the time, she sowed the seed. Life has some strange twists and turns.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:18

Orchid Lady tell your sons that music will always mean they have joy in their lives, I played piano in Naafi's Sergeants messes and even in hospital then convalescent camp, sleeping under the piano stool after a long night and a piano top filled with drink was not abnormal. My accordion provided entertainment at many Christmas and New years Eve parties. All happy memories as they say "if music be the food of life then play on" not sure who said it but true it is.


Do you really need special seed compost?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 15:57

Laura, Depends on the seeds many plant and flower seeds are very fine where as Vegetables are bulkier. I watched my Dad as a lad steaming garden soil or heating it in old biscuit tins on his greenhouse wood burner for the fine seeds sown in old fruit boxes no plastic back then either. He lost very little after he sifted the sterilised soil and mixed it with washed sand, we lived next to a sand pit and he washed it himself, no GC or bags of grit and sand, "gosh" they were hard times.

I buy John Innes number two compost which is soil based then mix my own to suit what I am doing. One third compost one third fine grit one third washed sand for seeds, they contain their own nutrient and do not need any feed until they shoot, they will seed in sand I have done it many times.

Prick out into half compost and half made up of washed sand and fine grit, that is enough nutrient and the sand and grit gives drainage.

Pot on to three quarters compost a quarter sand and grit it works for me and as an engineer if it works then leave it. Many seeds are expensive why risk them cutting back on compost.


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