Palaisglide


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Is it too late to plant anything this year? & A soil question

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 12:27

Danielle, I grew up at a time the garden produced most of our food, dad was a super gardener who believed in planting single rows and then repeating every couple of weeks which meant a continuation of fresh crops. Peas carrots beans can all still be planted and will fruit, read the packets for quick growing foods and you can go beyond the recommended dates, they are just a guide. 


It also depends on which part of the Country you live in, the South will be two or three weeks ahead of us in the North yet we still have time to put in salad crops and keep on sowing a small row at a time to keep your salad bowl full of fresh sweet lettuce or cut and come again. If your child is showing interest then find a small plastic food pack such as a clear punnet strawberries come in and sow some cress. you will need either an inch of soil or else layers of kitchen paper, sow the seed on top water and watch, it is rapid growth and tastes good too one it has its leaves, the part you eat. Another thing I showed my children was a jam jar with some soil in and push a couple of bean seeds next to the glass, you will see them root and grow a stem and leaves, they will not get any beans though you can see the process.


Your fruit trees, how tall are they what are they in pots or the ground and how old are they, fruit trees may not fruit for several years and some need another tree nearby to fertilise them for fruit. Come back on that one. You can put potato's in containers in Autumn if you have a sheltered place or greenhouse and have new potato's for Christmas dinner, it is a bit late now though why not try, a large container or bag with soil in the base place two or three potato's depending on the size of the container cover them with soil and water. As the stems (Haums) grow and bear leaf top up the soil so just a little leaf is above the soil do this several times until it flowers watering well. The new potato's actually grow on the Haum which is why we earth up as it is called, if light gets to the new potato's they turn green and poisonous.


Hope this helps but do come back with any questions plenty of people on here keen to help.


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 11:30

QUESTION watching all those stern faced new young shadow ministers in the commons yesterday it struck me what do they do?? I had this picture in my head of them covered head to foot in a cloak flitting along behind the proper minister (even into his /her bedroom?) or pretending to be a footstool for him/her to put their feet up whilst eating biscuits and drinking tea which we pay for, pencil in mouth writing down every word as they balance with his/ her feet on their backs, cannot spill the tea can we?


Do they get entry to the office they shadow, are they allowed to see documents, do they get a heads up from the secretive Civil Service or is it all guess work. Most cannot possibly have any experience of the ministry they shadow, they can read Hansard, the papers, their I Pads, Google, after all I am sure the proper ministers google for answers at times or in the case of Ministers on the in out campaign read Grimm's Fairy Tales, I actually think they believe in Santa Claus. Of course reality has hit home they are now putting a great distance between themselves and the promises they made, typical politicians. So I ask WHAT DO THEY DO?????


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 10:57

Obelixx, a very good assessment and very true apart from the labour costs in Europe at the moment are higher than the UK, if they do move manufacturing it will be to one of the Satelite Countries, Sunderland Nissan is part of Renault because of the wage and pension structure in France. When large industries move you have to put in place all the supply chain and most use a demand system where the parts arrive at the moment they are to be used no one stores parts these days, this is a vast and well organised system which would take some moving. There are many ifs and buts no one knows though firms like Hitachi who have built a multi million pound factory in Durham are not going to upsticks in a hurry.


There will be turmoil upset and false starts as we change track, in a few years those of us still here will wonder what the fuss was about,my worry is that half of the population at the moment hates the other half because of the way they voted, the political picture will change, I only hope that the dissidents groups do not manage to grab power in the aftermath.


Frank

Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 10:39

Doghouse Riley, tell me about it, when I retired finally I was already in a fracas with the Tax Office over calling my Pension unearned income, writing erudite letters to them explaining I had worked for every half penny of it. The trouble was English as she is spoke had not been part of their curriculum. you are already getting pensions that incur tax this is extra money that can only be explained as unearned??? My next letter contained some really old English words which they would at least know the meaning of as you heard it every day as they came home from school smoking their lives away. They then set a rate which I did pay being the good citizen I am and at the next accounting was told I had paid too much, did they send me a cheque? No, they altered my code, next year it turned out I owed them money and so it went on for five years until feeling somewhat abused I went over the local office heads and guess what? they sent me a check corrected my code and so it has been ad infinitum, my eye's water every year when I get the tax return.


The youngsters think all old people live off the state and they have to work to keep them, that is far from true having never had one Government hand out myself I know few who have, most live on pensions they had to work for, insurances (something that appears to have died out) though we took them as normal a way to ease things for the children when we took off to the big parade ground in the sky, they also think we cause all the car accidents by obeying the traffic rules stopping them doing their Lewis Hamilton impersonations. I am ranting? Rant over.


What now I ask what will rise from the Witches cauldron of politics now? we will see, one certainty we will definitely pay.


Frank

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 23:44

Hello HFCharley, long time no see, you are correct only in my day some of the children left school at thirteen and worked all their lives, Intelligent kids who passed the 11+ but parents could not afford the uniforms books and kit, what did they get, a lifetime of lowly jobs a meager pension and early death from overwork, do not get me started. My parents could afford uniforms and books so it was High School until 16, no chance of us going to College it was unheard of, so night school in our own time no day release. We worked earned and saved for our pensions and when I reached the age for the National pension I was told it was unearned income so they taxed the pensions I had paid into and worked for, I will pay income tax until I die very begrudgingly  I may say.


I give the EU in its present form 10 years, all the governments will have changed by then expectations will differ from today's and the countries such as Greece Italy Spain and probably others will want to be free of the Brussels shackles and the monetary noose they are hanging in at the moment. Any one wish to take the bet?


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 16:42

KT53 we called Mother Boadicea, she was blown over a wall into bramble bushes by a Bomb that hit Craythorne Police station, had to get two buses home (yes they ran, what was a bomb here or there) arrived home tattered and scratched dirty from her foray  into the bushes and was still back to her war work next day. She was an electrician at the big bomber base near us and went by train each day, one day as they approached the stop a plane coming back from a raid crashed on the line and burnt. The driver stopped the train with their carriage over the flames, by the time he got it going again they had burns and smoke inhalation. Taken to the medical centre they got the usual sniff of Sal Volatile and a cup of tea then were told it would be best to go to their work as being the best treatment for shock, she arrived home frazzled hair no eyebrows and clothes smelling of smoke, finished the meal I had prepared and back to work next morning.


She would have shrugged off all this hoo ha called the politicians some choice names then got on with life which she enjoyed into her 80's. I learned from her, when the muck hits the fan wash it off and carry on with life, they have their world we have our real world and now the infighting starts, it will all be different this time next year.


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 14:16

Replying to KT53 "waving canes and things" was very much tongue in cheek style, having been on quite a few boards in the last 16 years this GW  board appeared to be a gentler area to dabble in and I would put that down to an older section of the population, calm in thought, slow to rile, though once started do not stand in front of them.


Yes indeed I remember the 1940's and the way people reacted. When the Church Bells rang one night the signal for invasion which we all thought was coming mother dashed into the Stables and brought out two pitch forks, "right you German B####### come on then and see what you get" Dad and I were trying to drag her into the shelter she would have none of it, she was prepared to go down fighting as where most of us at the time.


The people are not fools they saw though the rhetoric, laughed at the outright lies and none existent facts stated, then Voted. We older folk have seen it all, a new government elected do not look to the future they do as much for themselves and Party as they can get away with for three years then spend two years trying to win the next election. Must have seen it at least 16-17 times three years attack your pocket then two years of let go the purse strings. It has come home at last and stuck one of Mothers hay forks right up their tender bits, get out of that I say although we the common herd will be the ones who suffer.


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 10:13

Rent a Mob KT53??? Half the posters on here would fall over if they tried waving their walking canes (frames) at any one in anger, we grew up in an era when most of the food we ate came out of the garden, we have seen it all. General De Gaule tried to keep us out we should have listened, we dipped our toes into the Euro and got our fingers burnt. Many good things came out of us being members though many frustrations at the same time, it was always a love hate relationship now we are out, we think! Two or more years from now we will all be asking what happened, we thought we had left, this will take some time to unravel and in that time Governments both here and in Europe will have changed  including the Brussels lot. It will be fun to watch the shenanigans as our and their politicians squirm trying to wriggle out of it. Meanwhile we will all be taking holidays on Russia's Black sea resorts, been there quite good, Spain Italy France will be begging us to return and we as true Brits will give the usual two finger Victory sign, we are an obstreperous lot after all. Misery this may be to some others are now wondering what they did, me, I am now looking forward to what will happen in this country now politics have changed forever.


Frank.

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:55

Hi Obelixx, True it is laid down in the Lisbon Treaty although it has not been tried yet, my bet is that in two or three years time people will be asking why are we still in the EU.


It has been a good couple of days up here in the North east another area that saw some EU funding but then the Government dumped a mass of refugees into a run down area with no work for the locals and a shortage of housing then watched as the Steel works closed down, the knee jerk happened, they have only themselves to blame.


Spending yesterday in my Daughters new garden was very relaxing even if we did get wet and had to retire into the new summer house for a short while as it passed over, we forgot it all as we lunched and talked, Gardens Obelixx are the best opiate in the world.


Frank.

After the madness of the day

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:41

Jacqueline, my Daughter has the very same furniture in her new garden, they moved in a few weeks ago and never stopped, the garden was well established and needed some cutting back, it was on a slope and is now stepped an old shed was removed and a new summer house installed. Yesterday I was comfortable in one of the arm chairs in lovely sunshine directing operations next minute I was wet, a black cloud crept up on us and dumped its load. A mad rush into the summer house where we had our lunch as the sun came back out. Sitting there watching the birds flying into the garden I thought how wonderful a garden is for relaxing our body and mind.


You have a lovely Garden enjoy it.


Frank.

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