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Latest posts by Palaisglide

grass cuttings

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 14:00

Most of my grass cuttings go to the green-waste collection. Having seen the efforts that went into trying to compost Bowling green cuttings and the failure there of, it took a lot of effort to remove years of black sticky waste and nothing would grow where it had been.
If there is plenty of woody or plant material I mix in a thin layer of grass cutting but there is too much to add it all, I also add some uric acid, the human kind collected in a bottle in the garage with the doors shut if you do not want to be arrested. Mix that with a watering can of water and sprinkle it on the compost as you add to the pile.
Nitrogen is part of all fertiliser whatever the mix and too much of any of it will burn or kill your plants. It greens up the plants often to the detriment of the plant flowering or fruiting, it will make the plant green and soft. Tomato fertiliser is a mix of Nitrogen Urea Phosphorus and Potassium (Potash) NPK.
You need a balance of feed to suit the plant and what it is actually doing, like your own diet a good mix little but often is better than stuffing your gut.
If you grow peas beans and other nitrogen producing roots then you have a fertile area for next years rotation crop.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 08:55

Zoomer welcome home and yes it has rained here for two weeks plus a couple more months just for luck. Our "Rain" posted photo's of her new swimming pool, I think it used to be the road to her house, if you had come to Teesside you would have needed a DUK vehicle, a driver on the ring road thought a pool under the blue bridge was OK and found himself up to his roof. Hartlepool was cut off for a while and I had a pond complete with ducks in the garden I am sure I never put in and I live on a hill.
And to think Zoomer you missed all the excitement!!!
Today the weather forecaste is solid rain yet we have sunshine and blue sky it was very warm when I put the bins out. The grass is as high as an elephants tail, I can hear growls and grunts in there so better fix a cannon to the lawn mower.
Having spent time where the Date Palms grow and discovered the Oasis is not the pristine place complete with maidens in filmy clothes that we saw on the films, I can tell you they take an awful long time to grow and come to fruit, don't hold your breathe.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:02

"Rain" I was on Tospots car park after shopping, lit up with lovely warm sunshine surrounded by the blackest clouds especially over towards the Cleveland Hills and rain drops were falling on my head. It was warm rain and stopped until a while back when we got a shower followed by more sun through the cloud.
According to the local weather we are supposed to get continuous rain today and this weather tomorrow, one day they will get it right.


Pear Pruning

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:53

Pears do not need much pruning in the first early years apart from normal leader tipping to give better growth and in the direction you want to go. They are usually two or three years old when bought and will be already partly trained.
We had pear trees trained to a West facing wall in a sheltered garden that is the North East of England although the experts say they are no good North of the Trent, they fruited well for us but where already old when I remember them.
Try the RHS on line for pruning tips.


ID Please

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:34

"Rain" Osteospermum are perennial, a woody base and will last a year or so.
They do not like rich soil but do need sun and well drained soil (constant rain and flooded gardens are our then), take cutting of none flowering shoots in midsummer and bring on in the usual way, we may get some summer for them to grow next year and yes they do open and close with sun or shade.
Plants will find a way to the sun. Next door to me put in some Japanese Anemmone some 20 years ago on a North facing fence to my drive. It gradually grew through into my South facing side which was quite arid and stony but it thrived now I have a long clump of it along the drive and he has none.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:13

Teesside "WE HAVE SUN" "err no we have not" "Oh yes we have" oh for goodness sake make your mind up, in or out?? There are some heavy clouds up there and the sun is popping through the holes in it, I need to dry out the lawns a bit to cut them tomorrow.
Although it rained all day yesterday the sun came out for me when the Grandchildren arrived for the evening meal, we all sat at the table chatting with them clearing all the tureens, my Daughter asked how I get it all to the table so hot, she does not yet understand cooking is an art you have to concentrate not go off on face book and forget it.
Wonder if the sun now out again is here to stay, well ask a silly question?


covering fence panels

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 11:17

Geoff is right, I own all the south fence and half of the west fence, the north fence is owned by my neighbour who asked me to remove the hanging pots from it. I did without argument, six months later it blew down in a storm and he asked me to go half. I will leave you to imagine my answer.
It would be better to put in some four by four posts at intervals and run trestle or wires, this will give you the freedom to hang whatever you wish on your own posts in your own ground.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:10
donutsmrs wrote (see)

. Geoff, fancy a man being able to multitask!!! 

Of course men can multi task, a pint in one hand the TV remote in't t'other watching the football and shouting instructions to the wife on how to unblock the sink. I do not know where women get those idea's.
Teesside today "Its raining, raining in my heart, on my head, on my garden and on my spirit which is dragging on the ground. It makes you want to turn to a single malt spirit even though we will not see the sun anywhere near a yard arm?"


Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 00:14
FloBear wrote (see)

Frank, if you held a door open for me I'd beam and say thank you. But then I'm an 'older one'. If I got to the door first, I'd hold it for you, though.

FloBear, now I know if a Lady holds a door for me it is you, we could talk about the garden.
Trouble is we get so used to doors opening for us I walked into one the other day expecting it to open, luckily my nose acts as a bumper.



Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:44

Some of my Heuchera are very old species from my Fathers garden they like mainly shade and have deep red spikes. Some of the dark leaved ones like semi shade, they do grow larger and spread more quickly.
The older ones have a tendency to push the crowns out of the ground so I mulch them, after two or three years divide them putting them deeper into the ground.
They can suffer from leafy gall.


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