London (change)
Today 18°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 13°C


Latest posts by Palaisglide

Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:06

Hello Hypercharleyfarley, I had no problem with the personal message when contacted to ask if I was still on the planet, we exchanged a couple of messages no bother, now there is a problem???

I was not back really just ducking in and out, the best laid plans so they say I read some of the queries and got drawn in, it may or may not last.

Regards Frank.

Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:52

Star gaze lily,

It was often exciting overly at times mainly because I was not intimidated by those who told me "that is dangerous"? In the Middle East and Africa men would land from the troopships and then never leave Base Camp for two or more years, they had to nail me down to keep me in, life is what you make it.

The Nuffield Club in London was often full of girls from the shows, no show on Sundays, they came in and lifted our spirits and being a dancer I got to dance with some of the best, they let their hair down as did we young soldiers and my lips remained sealed about them all though I would smile when a carry on film was showing or some old black and white. One reason I am not on Flat face book or twittering and boring is because what happens between young men and women should stay in the memory and not be bandied about for all to hear or see.

Well that is my way, Frank.

Poorly mountain ash

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:37

Caroline 22,

Fire Blight can attack Rowan or Mountain Ash as it also attacks fruit trees and Rosacea.

Sprays can be bought to fight it although removing the affected branches is the surest way, they must be burnt.

Take out those area's with the blight and watch for more coming with a little luck you may save the tree before the roots are attacked, Your local GC may give advice on what to spray with, not good news really but it is always worth trying to save the tree.



Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:40

You could say that Orchid Lady, I was told I could smell a dance fifty miles away, said it before danced form being eleven and loved it, danced on four Continents, met Joan at a dance and we never looked back, dancing until she took ill six years back and sadly passed away three years ago. Maybe the reason I do not want to dance again.

If I keep posting you may find I have a song in my head for every occasion.


Sentimental Plants

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:57

David, Bruce should have gone five years ago as to me well my dancing days are over.

At my Daughters wedding last May I watched those who said it was all old hat as they gyrated around their handbags and that was only the boys, the girls wanted nothing to do with any of it. Deciding they were going to dance at the wedding they took lessons for a year a whole group of them, it was a decent job but I watched them as they counted 1-2-3-turn 1-2-3- dip, competent but stilted. The lady who taught them got up and it was all there the freedom of movement the tempo she did not have to think about it you could see she had danced since she could walk, as did we.

I realised at the time I had no urge to get on my feet it had gone, walk away, dancing got me many places and often into trouble. Last Year an old film star died, a lovely lady who often partnered me at the Nuffield club Sunday tea dances in London, all the girls from the shows would go in and it got quite lively.

Memories of the Hammersmith Palais, the Streatham Locarno and many other large dance halls with live bands came back, "those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end" they should write a song about it.


Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:33

Hello Zoomer44 still getting into Stockton, I often wonder if I have passed you as I travail the area, today heading into Sedgefield I was blinded by fields of the dreaded Rape flowers, must wear my sunglasses.


Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:28

Then just pile it in a corner out of sight throw a cover over it and leave it until needed, the worms will have a field day and the heat from its own rotting down make it all the better.


Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:16

Orchid Lady, be careful.

Find out what they use as bedding, my Son now uses straw in his stables though at one time he used sawdust and chippings both need a long time to rot down. He piles it in a heap from which I take a bag that is around 1-2 years old, pick up a hand full and smell it, soft crumbly and sweet smelling is the aim.

At home I add it to the compost heaps in thin layers as I turn the compost then use that as a mulch or to add goodness to hungry growers like sweet peas tomato's etc. Raw manure will burn your plants and can contain weed seeds which is why it needs to be well and truly rotted down, the heat should kill the weeds.

My father used our horse manure in hot boxes to start early plants and Veg plus fruit such as strawberries, the well rotted stuff went into the base of the potato drills and we always had the best.

Hope this helps.


Sentimental Plants

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:12

Hi David, yes all well just been very busy, a couple of friends asked about me so I thought it best to put minds at rest, not pushing up daisies.

Dog Roses are my Aunt Mabel we would take a trug and search the hedges around the farm for her herbs and potions, back in the big warm kitchen always smelling of fresh bread she would make up her medicines I was a lad who often got dosed, my guess would be they were mainly home made wines but did the trick. Rose hips were also made into jams and medicine, I was told never pick the dog roses unless the petals were for a salad.

This forum is addictive I only intended to dip in and out.


Good draining compost

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 15:45

AlastairS, seed compost is finely sieved mixed with sand and has very little goodness in it, seeds contain their own food for the first week or so.

We pot them on into a slightly better compost that still contains only a little nutrient because like babies seedlings need to be weaned. I use half compost half fine grit.

Pot on into a full compost three quarters compost a quarter grit to grow on and harden off in the pots then plant out into the border after preparing with compost or manure.

Hope this helps, Frank.

Discussions started by Palaisglide

A Senior Moment.

Do we all have them? 
Replies: 141    Views: 2560
Last Post: Today at 20:50

A grand Auld Lad.

Not me Max the dog. 
Replies: 21    Views: 504
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 12:11

The established Garden.

Who needs change 
Replies: 35    Views: 826
Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 13:53

How old are your gardens

The real question how old are your plants 
Replies: 7    Views: 304
Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 14:56

Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Grew up with them then could not get them 
Replies: 3    Views: 233
Last Post: 13/05/2014 at 22:22

Poetry Thread

Describe your garden, your thoughts, in verse. 
Replies: 38    Views: 1357
Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 23:17

Get Rid of your Lawns

The wrod according to Bob Flowerdew. 
Replies: 44    Views: 2412
Last Post: 12/09/2012 at 18:54

Not all bad news in the garden

Some of the plants seem to love this weather? 
Replies: 12    Views: 857
Last Post: 17/07/2012 at 22:56

Gardeners world weather

We are to get a 7 day forecast? 
Replies: 7    Views: 1181
Last Post: 18/07/2012 at 07:57
9 threads returned