Latest posts by Palaisglide

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:48

As an old gardener always had a greenhouse and tried them all nothing will give you more than a frost guard.
Paraffin is costly gives off moisture and needs constant attention if you do not wish to find all your glass black with smoke.
A gas heater costly gives off some moisture although will not be as bad as Paraffin.
None of those will ever pay their way, while you are eating your £1 per carrot salad the shops will be selling them by the bag full.
My Father built a stove to burn rubbish outside the greenhouse with large pipes running through it worked well and cost nothing H&S plus green laws would frown on that now.
I have a South Facing Wall Mounted GH now and ran electricity to it. The wall on even sunless days takes in heat and gives it back at night.
A Sand-bed with warming cables and thermostat with shelving above allows for seeds to be sown and then put on the shelves with a bubble wrap curtain around that section, add a Fan Heater with Frost guard and that does nicely.
Saying all that over the last three months here in the Northeast none of them have been switched on yet and will not be until we have more light, very important and the outside temperature raises above freezing, at the moment it is minus 2.
You will do your own thing and find the cost prohibitive depending where you live I would say let nature do it naturally.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:25

Mobile B@#@##@ phones, I had a house full Saturday all talking and comparing the latest black-bush or co2 or whatever they are called, Mine is only £35 a month and a free phone?? no it is not free you are paying for it.
Mine only costs £17 a month? yes but how much did you pay for the phone.
Well mine a bargain buy shell phone six years ago for £26 pay as you go last year cost me £20 I top up £10 and get £10 free plus they text me every week to top up again for more free time, I have not used last years yet. The beauity being in Scotland mine was the only phone getting a signal in some places, the fancy ones were useless.
Today I had another house full, a daughters birthday and again phones going every five minutes, it is a wonder she had time to blow out the candles on guess what? A b@@###@@ carrot cake, I managed to force some down and smile yuck.
I love my family although at times I feel like rolling out the barbed wire and erecting the Ikea machine gun post then fighting them off, saying that by the time I erected an Ikea guard post I would probably have been invaded.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 10:45

Maud that was what I was going to ask, I have to put glasses on to read it.

Stockton "err" well no change so I will not bother.
Sandbed still off, no point in sowing until it warms up and that east wind is frigid.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 10:40

Derek, the heads was a Navy term originally a small platform with if you were lucky a bit of canvas hung over the Bows of the ship, it was situated in the Heads and I imagine lead to a lot of constipation.
The army called the holes in the ground behind the camp Heads as some had a wooden log to sit on some were squat but not after drinking and the odd one or two had some canvas around them. If there was a rush it was a toss up heads you got a seat and canvas to put your tail on, tails it was let it all hang out. Being modest in the forces was not the way to go, says he who dived into the Suez Canal starkers at the narrowest part in front of a bus full of Waaf's fifty odd yards across on the other side. My excuse was i did not see them but boy it raised a cheer.
Fairygirl Scran was an old Geordie word for food which I would assume came from over the border the number of times those blokes in skirts came our way, as with many words in our language in these parts possibly Nordic as we are supposed to be mainly Viking stock.


MOB rants

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 23:37

Good job you lot do not live in my neck of the woods everything is nautical, the floor is the deck, living room main deck, upstairs upper deck if we are up we go below decks. We go aft and fora rd, port and starboard and often in our cups roll in the scuppers. "Oh dad is in the engine room" the kitchen, "Hannah do you want the heads" toilet if daughter is taking me out I get told wear your tiddly suit and we eat scran.
When they brought starngers from sounth of the Tees home they thought we were from Mars, not our fault if they do not talk properly.
I ask why "Train Station" in my day it was the Railway Station we left from and came back to, the Bus Station was always the Terminus and the spell check does not know its ears from its elbows, well that is my way of putting it.


MOB rants

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 11:57

Frank is on line fit and well.
Councils are always under fire so I see no point in flogging it. As one who remembers councils who were all voluntary, people of the town who did it because they believed in towns being run properly with good services.
Along came labour and they announced they would pay Councilors and give them expenses. In our town of full and well paid employment we suddenly found all the people who did not want work on the Council and not only that they would also get their wives elected and boy did they spend our money.
Because the wages for the ordinary council workers were poor compared with industry a good pension scheme was put in place as an attraction which we are all now paying for.
As Industry was killed off the local councils became the largest employers in this area that means a lot of the income from Government and Rates goes on wages and pensions.
Is that good or bad?? At least people are employed in what is a bad area for employment, pensioners with extra cash can spend in the town shops and services, the jury is out on that one.
What was sown many years ago is now being harvested so blame our parents for letting it happen and a jobsworth has to earn his keep somehow.
Better go and check on my Lamb and Roast veg so it will be quiet for some while.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:59

Stockton bitter cold dull and flurries of snow, the sand bed stays switched off for another week


MOB rants

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:03

Lizzie, we are lucky to live where we do, the seashore is minutes away in one direction and only thirty minutes the other, Whitby 50 minutes over rolling hills and moors. The other way or West Darlington 20 minutes then rolling Dales Teasdale views out to the Pennines, North, it is woodlands more dales and on up to Northumberland who could wish for more.
Well Fairy girl in my many visits to Scotland, Army and Holiday I had never made it to John O Groats so when my Daughter said they were taking me on holiday where did I want to go (expecting me to say the continent) they got a shock when I told them. They had to admit it was a wonderful holiday staying in Inverness and touring then on the banks of Loch Lomond via Fort William and Ben Nevis. Glorious weather wonderful people and scenery beyond belief.
I ask why travel outside of this wonderful Kingdom of Scotland Ireland Wales and England.


Plant direct or seed tray

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:38

Lizzie, you are right about disturbance although using a three inch pot for direct sowing with say half compost half sand and grit then let them grow on instead of pricking out will give a better chance. Pull the odd weakling (thinning in the pot) then I plant the whole pot into my container as you would any plant. Several pots full to a container thin them as you grow them on and I wash and eat the thinnings delicious uncooked.
I did use the guttering method for peas as Rosa says these days I just put them in a four inch pot then plant them into the container from the pot.
Containers?? well as you get on a bit and rusty in the joints containers are easy, they can be moved around, turned every other day to change the light and sunlight plus I put them where my Grandchildren can watch them grow then feast off them straight from the vine or the ground soaking themselves with the hose as they wash carrots. They will pick and enjoy peas beans carrots and salad stuff out doors try getting them to eat those things at meal times, Strawberries are the favourite I sometimes get one myself.


My tree is dying

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:21

Cannot see your photo's Stephanie my antivirus kicked in.
Red Spider mite do not like damp conditions although if there is good foliage cover they could be warm and snug inside. I washed them out of mine by hosing the foliage everyday for a while.
It does sound more like die back once that happens it takes a while to green up if ever it does. I would cut off a piece see if the main branch is dried out or still growing, check the brown foliage to see if there is anything on it, spider mite are very small.
Is it waterlogged at the root, has it shaken loose at the root with the wind. Scrape a bit of soil away from the root carefully and see if new root is growing or has it shrivelled. I would be in there prodding and poking trying to find the answer.
Your post is now back at the top, we could yet snare an expert with this one.


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