Latest posts by Palaisglide

What to do now....

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:49

Sarah, Looking at your balcony as it overlooks the road there is a grill, tie a sheet of plastic to the grill just to stop a direct sea breeze or freezing wind from harming the bare stems of the plants. Not pretty I know so take it down once the weather starts to warm up. The bubble wrap idea around the pots I use for outdoor pots to stop any water in the pot freezing and cracking the pot, the plants are quite hardy the pots are not. I have seen Balcony's that were veritable gardens so you can grow most things on them, experiment and see what will grow, all us gardeners do that as we all have different conditions soil and weather. I am in the NE near the sea, our weather comes off the North Sea with the coastal front quite often above us, that can be good in morning sea mists bring water where as inland it gets dry, on the other hand we get a cooler clime so plant accordingly. A long learning process Sarah but keep at it you can work wonders with your tiny micro climate.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:06

Joyce, dangerous ground was what I did and still do at times, no point in being a wilting lily as a Soldier.Poor down trodden Verdun needed advice from a professional sorter out of inter sex  warfare  and that is what I am good at, that used to be with my Wife's permission of course now it is down to my Daughters. At my yearly check over on Friday Sister Rose told my Daughter I was fit as a fiddle and ready to be put back on the marriage market, she thought I would be snapped up, Daughter replied, "not on your Nelly no one is getting their hands on our inheritance"  I asked if I had a choice?


What to do now....

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:50

Sarah, Had another look and the square red pots only need to be topped up with fresh compost, fill them to within an inch from the top and leave to over winter. The round pots want to be the next size up at least and topped with new fresh compost, most of the leaves will drop and fresh ones grow next year. The gooseberry leave for now and re-pot in Spring then cut out any weak sprigs in the centre leaving the centre more open, all the work will start in spring. Over winter and water very occasionally never let them dry out but not wet either, stick your finger in the soil if it comes up muddy too wet comes up clean too dry you soon learn to right way. I would advise wrapping the pots in Bubble wrap and tying to give the pots some protection from icy winds, the plants are tough and can stand some frost, sea spray if you are near to the beach can cause problems but some plastic sheet would stop that. Nothing much appears wrong in those photo's, it is Autumn, plants go to sleep, drop leaves look a bit dead but come spring come back to life. You will get fruit and it will be worth it for the taste so never give up and come back here for any further questions we are always happy to help.


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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:40

Warm and bright in Stockton sun coming and going playing peek a boo around the puffy clouds. We are getting a lodger for the day Bailey half Greyhound half goodness knows and full of fun, I am six foot yet he can put his front paws round my neck and lick me to death. Memo do not leave anything on the work tops.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:34

Verdun typical of the female, they cannot dual task. She should have seen you had a sweat on so brought over a table with umbrella, a nice chair and the beer in a glass glittering with ice cool droplets on the side of the glass then whilst you sat cooling down shot up the tree and completed the task. They see one thing, "oh he looks hot I will take him a beer" they do not realise beer needs to be slowly imbibed and cans take some effort to open she could at least have done that bit. Next time she waves cans at you ignore her, let her know your slaves need to think ahead.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:24

Amazed at the standard achieved in just week three, those people are working hard and most have a day job as well we tend to forget that. I am still looking at it as an entertainment it stops me chewing the carpet, the critic will come when we get down to the real dancers in the pack. One or two of them including Lesley looked about heart attack level after they had danced, some let the nerves get to them. I laughed heartily at Ed Balls effort not at him but with him thinking it fun and he certainly did not hang back, tipping this will not be his week to go, expect a surprise, the GBP are full of them.


Using wood ash

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 11:19

We have had this thread many times before and having been brought up with a Dad who was a top class old time gardener put in my two pennyworth to be told I was an idiot among other epithets. We had wood burning boilers for cattle and pig food which I looked after, we would cut our fire wood from the Copse so it was always what we called clean wood and in those days the pesticides which were used massively later were not around. Dad still would not put wood ash directly on plants it went into the midden with the horse manure and general compost to be rotted and used later. I of course asked why, "the acids in the ash burn the plants and roots" composting them dilutes any acids. Modern wood burners often use waste wood and we have no idea of where it came from. Wood preservatives are often used using a pressure system that sends it into the core of the wood, pesticides used years ago can still be inherent in the wood we do not know and as far as my research goes no one has ever put it to the test.

That is all I am saying on the subject, you do as you wish, my take on it is plants are expensive in money time and caring for them why risk it for a maybe it works maybe it wont approach when the risk outweighs the good you think it may do. I would compost it.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 13:32

Who needs Strictly? The results of my Grandchildren's Dance Exam's where given out with the trophies at a get together in a local Hotel last night, Grandson and Granddaughter 15 and 12 got 94 out of 100 and a gold bar, another Granddaughter twelve got the diamond trophy. Definitely chips off the old block doing the same at their age. Future Strictly dancers? who knows although one very happy Granddad watching the video's over and over.



Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:02

Tetley, my mate went in the Navy when I joined the Army he would introduce me in places we met up as his Pal in the army who had spent more time at sea than he had. Went out to the Middle East on the Empress of Scotland with some of the first married families to go abroad. I had been a bad lad and was tried on board, the punishment standing guard on the women's quarters to keep the men out. No chance, the hard part was keeping the women out of the men's quarters. We Docked in Gibraltar Malta and Port Said, I saw women kissing their boat boys goodby and then their husbands hello?? As an 18 year old it made me wonder about the sanctity of marriage.

Muddle up, Done that, was with the BBC as a researcher into WW2 stories for seven years until they closed down. They came up from London with a film crew and we spent six hours on camera and talking which went on air for a week as a loop.The local "Remember when Paper" got hold of me to tell some of the stories in print and they were all published. Tees Radio wanted me to tell some experiences which went out every morning for a week then the local Library caught me and I have articles printed most weeks. It keeps the old brain working putting some of the stories right as when at a forum for people to come in and tell their stories a woman was talking about the Bombs on the Old Mill. Now I was out on the road when that lot came down running for the shelter, they landed around six hundred yards down Mill Lane where we lived and you never forget things like that. She remembered it well and was getting it all wrong until I asked how old she was. I knew the dates of the bombing and when she told me her age she would have been under one year old. We let her finish then scrubbed her story, did she wonder why it was never printed? I have lots of articles on the area and those times so they e-mail asking for verification although we do have a very good library assistants who will research things for you. Sitting here playing on my electronic marvels is my relaxation these days Muddle and there is always the piano behind me for when I get bored. Any one for "In the Mood" the grand children love it.



Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:52

Tetley, would that be a signed copy.

It would have been my late wife Joan's birthday yesterday, my Daughters and i went to put flowers on her plot in our Local Church St Mary's circa 1100 burial ground. Standing there Sandra suddenly said I wonder what Mum wanted when she was a school girl, she wanted to be a WREN I replied, "what I never knew that" Sandra said. Joan was two years older than me the war was still on when she was in High School and lots of girls were joining up, she passed all the exams and failed the medical on what was called a heart tick, it could all have been different. They knew my Parents were in there but I pointed out Uncles and Aunts they had never known and so a History lesson as we stood by the cars. I have written much of it up with stories and explanations I think it needs a chart with those stories appended to it and a time line.


Last edited: 07 October 2016 09:54:29

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