Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 09:49

For some of us today is Palm Sunday with memories of Mother cooking up a large pot of Carlins the night before then frying them for breakfast, high winds usually followed. Not today though Porridge with a compote of hedgerow fruits, Spanish and Moroccan hedgerows that is, "what was that about Global Warming" I ask? It would not surprise me if the Scots Porridge Oats came from Poland.

Sunshine Blue skies and still warm though it was windy last night (outside that is), no mist over the Tees and the Ganzi stays standing in the garden, the fleas will be dropping off as they did when we shot Rabbits and hung them on the wall for a day.

"Oh well" memories are made of this as we used to sing.


Compost Bin - holes in council bin

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:48

Caroline, the myths and legends around compost making are on akin to making a brew in a Witches Cauldron. Compost making is not a black art, it needs air heat and to be kept dampish definitely not wet. I have made compost since Adam was a lad from the Stables Midden to my own home made containers. People think you just chuck it in and leave it, you can although it will take its time.

Start with some twiggy material on the bottom to let air in, then add a mix of green and brown material old plants, kitchen vegetable waste, cuttings cut small, newspaper, grass cuttings although only a very thin layer at a time and use a fork to mix it. You should feel the heat rising off the mix and you may need a sprinkle from a watering can with a rose to dampen it a bit. The real secret is put down a plastic sheet and tip the contents of the bin onto it. Give it all a good mix then put it back in the bin, dampen the layers as you refill the bin. If you have two bins then fill one and let it really compost I turn once a fortnight but longer than that if you do not have the time do it at least once if you can. You should get compost in six months summer longer in winter as the weather cools down. The idea of tipping it out is to lighten the mix it can compact, let in Air, and make sure it is slightly damp, not wet not too dry, then it is down to how hot it gets. Hope this helps.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:27

Joyce, diven need me ganzi t'day, took it off and stood it in't garden, I am down to the blue woad and Rabbit skin Sporran, could not stop grinning so took it off and put the fur side out, we do have exciting lives.

Sunshine Blue skies they got the forecast right, the mist over the Tees is lifting I will be able to see the Cleveland Hills soon. The garden is blooming and my beloved Peony's are shooting up, the Rhododendron flowers have opened right up the bush a blaze of colour, the Pieris is turning some of the flowers red now, it will need repotting after it finishes blooming, always work to do.


Report or not?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 13:37

If it helps, one way is to start with the large pot as I do with tomato's. Put in drainage then compost half way up the larger pot then sink the smaller pot into that so the tops are level. Let the plant grow on then lift the small pot remove the plant and drop it back into the hole the small pot was in and water. This allows for adding more compost every ten days or so feeding the plant as it starts to flower and fruit as it allows the roots to grow into the larger pot. This has worked for me with all kinds of plants for many years with little set back to the plants.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:32

Stockton, warm with some sun, almost a week of sunshine is this a heat wave I ask? It is for us on the NE coast, I have had to take a coat of woad and a goat skin off, it will be down to the Ganzi shortly,"err" we never take them off even when we shower once a year, the girls up here like their men smelly.


Replace stones against house brickwork?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:24

Those stones are there for a reason, they are keeping the soil away from the Damp Course and also to stop rain splashing up against the bricks causing erosion. I know this to my cost after living in an older house with paves right up to the wall. Rain splashing off the paves made the bricks start to disintegrate and I had to have a new damp course right round the house, not easy not cheap.

If you do not like the stones that are there then replace them with gravel coloured or otherwise. Stand some pots or containers along it and fill with plants. My Daughters all live in recent new builds and they all have the same loose filler next to the walls as I have in this bungalow built thirty odd years ago. Some things we have to put up with when it is there for a reason.



Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:11

Ada, What kind of conifers are they do you know. Where in the garden are they. How high are they now.

Conifers come in many forms and can be trained with a very light trimming, never go back to bare wood, they can be topped as I do with my own, they are Lawsonia, fairly slow growing and now thirty five years old they get topped every three years.

Some are bush shaped some Pillars and they can be kept in trim with light shearing, if you shear them too hard they never get their needles back you are left with a brown mess. I love the small ornamental slow growers that come in all shades of green to Golden. Here in the North and up in Scotland people have beds of ornamental Pines.


Ultimate Alphabet 'T'

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 10:11

Thoughtfully taking up my talisman tambourine then trilling in a trembling basso de trumpet as per (local patois) T'auld T'elephants, My thoughts went off on a tangent to the Tankard set to tantalise me just out of touch. As I tango on the tarmac to a tune technically and meant to tease, my temperament being put to the test I managed to break some Terracotta as I dodged round the Tarantula to the theatre to continue the thespian arts.

Well that is my story what is yours.


Sorry I've Been AWOL

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:00

Hello D.D. I have crossed things I did not even know I could cross, it may take a little while to uncross them all 'ouch"? I know what you are going through my Son has just moved to France and at last have bought a place, not the house of their dreams but near enough, the registration is somewhat archaic.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 11:12

It's a lovely day in Stockton today is such a lovely day, the skies are blue above its a day to fall in love.

"yup" if your are young pretty or Handsome, not craggy like me.

The Garden is a picture I have been sitting out there each day enjoying the warmth and topping up the vitamin C, well someone has to do it.


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