Latest posts by Palaisglide

raised beds

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 13:59

Janet, the beauty of a raised bed is its versatility you can make them as high wide as you wish and you do not need sleepers. When my wife took ill we built some raised boxes around the seating area with scented flowers in them, They were tannalised board on stout corner timbers lined with old compost bags they lasted ten years until I took them out still looking good for another ten years.

The idea of raising beds for vegetable is to make no dig areas so six inches high will do, I did not line the bottom just dug it over first then added good compost. Plants can be closer together and as one crop is over rake the soil add more compost and sow another crop. Raised beds as with all gardening is a mix of experience and common sense, sow enough to cover any failures and sow little and often, no waste or over abundance.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 13:25

No "J" no daring do, Northern Ireland played a huge part in the war much more than people think and being a Historian I also know Southern Ireland played a clandestine part. In my Service I met many Irishmen and Women many from the South wonderful people as are most where ever you go. Shortly after Suez we suddenly went into training in Liverpool street fighting in the broken down area's when we asked why they said you are off to Ireland? That did not go down well and in the end was cancelled they sent us to Hamel instead, the problem being I could only play Keyboard the Pipe was beyond me so the rats were safe.

I googled it to see what I missed, sorry I did though a bit late now, enjoy it while you can we all get too old for travel in time.


PS I did not mean Time Travel!!!!!

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 12:23

1st June, weather dire, been there before, we better postpone invading France, again.

"J" to my sorrow I admit to never having been to Ireland, seen parts of four Continents yet never my own  back yard, apologies are in order as my ancestors came from Ulster to Scotland then here. I would admit to singing and playing all the old Irish songs probably badly learning them at the big family get together's on Mothers side, they never forgot their Irishness.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 11:20

Typical North East Coastal weather, low cloud, bitter cold North wind though the rain is holding off. I can usually see the Cleveland Hills, not today, up towards Durham looks bleak and somewhere to the west Darlington though finding it may be difficult. Roll on winter?



Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:25

Joyce, "J", I had no trouble hip swinging having danced since being 10 years old, the old fashioned type with Saunters and all, learning Latin at Cochran's school with Ruby the Carmen Miranda of the North of England swinging hips were the order of the day. In this whimsical world a 6 foot blonde Englishman landed among average 5 foot 9 inch red headed Scots. Tank Regiments tend to be shorter for obvious reasons, on Parade I stood out so they made me right marker? The trews were smart I kept them for years and as we had no civvies went everywhere in uniform at that time including the dance halls where Latin was all the rage you can guess the rest, luckily I had also boxed since I was ten. The excuse was a lame one, unable to sway a kilt they were jealous of my lovely legs was my excuse.

The Cube I nearly fell off my chair at that one and on top of that it needed shading and extra water??


greenhouse advice needed

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 23:33

Sanjy, any greenhouse is better than none and 6 foot by 5 foot gives you thirty square feet of ground space. on top of that staging all round gives another level then shelving will give even more space for pots trays hanging baskets. How will it face N. S. E. W.  Mine is South facing so the North wall is shelved in tiers though I do have a shelf on the South wall. On the floor under staging is a good place for bringing plants on in other words used properly there will be plenty of room. Unless you grow Tomato's peppers cucumbers Melons the green house will be empty once all the bedding is out, my way is to have staging in Autumn to Spring then take one side out it comes in handy for potting or putting plants on outside. Think about it, read some greenhouse books then make it suit your needs.



Posted: 26/05/2016 at 23:13

"J" my manly legs have been admired in shorts on beaches although Joan was a top shot with a shot gun, you did not get between me and her 12 bore. A dress??? the nearest I came was a posting to Stirling, the Lads in the Mess had their fun about wearing Kilts and must not wear Fair isle knitted shorts to cover things, how the girls up there preferred not to encounter booby traps in their rush to deflower and marching over a mirror when going out so they could see your heritage. I arrived and was kitted in Tartan trews much to my delight, the rough old QMS saying by the time you learn to swing a kilt you will be on your way again trews for you lad. Phew narrow escape though I had not known you had to be taught to swing a Kilt. The 4TH RTR I served with were all Scots who broke out the kilt when ever they could, they let us wear shorts so it was boots gators Stocking tops smart shorts and KD for us engineering types.

Tonight apart from J. Swift was better, I did not have to kill the sound.



Posted: 26/05/2016 at 16:28

Hazel there artists and artists, you could say some gardeners are artists in the gardens they produce. I see beauty in Engineering and often stopped on the road to the North Tees Refinery at night, lit up and steaming against the dark sky it looked magnificent, the Northern Lights could often be seen in the background, that was truly a sight to see. On the marsh land there was a three legged Vixen with cubs, she would wait for me on the track in as she knew I always had a tin of meat for her, she was quite tame and her cubs would be just behind her, had I been any use with a pencil a sketch would have been good. I like traditional art modern stuff is way over my head, I did fall about laughing as I pictured your face when your BH walked in dressed like Grayson, feathers would fly methinks.

My old Dad would say it takes all sorts to make this world, he was right of course though at times the mind boggles, well mine does,  all those CELEBS to whom I ask and the news is full of Hero's where did they all come from, a Hero to me stormed the beaches of Normandy, oh well I am getting too old for this strange world, take care,



Posted: 26/05/2016 at 12:31

Steveo4, Cleaver??? yes I would gladly take a cleaver to some of the Z Celebs what ever that means.

M.U. As a Turner Gainsborough lover it would be interesting to see what some artists would produce, glass cases with half a cow surrounded by flowers, Massive stones with big round holes and a Donkeys bottom sticking out, a vine growing up its tail. How about a Dali with flowers every which way, I see chaos, in any case what on earth was that artist doing on there with so much time given, what makes him so important when it is admitted they know nothing of gardening, we have many brilliant young gardeners who in the modern way can talk the subject through how about Alice?

Chelsea is a Flower Show just as Crufts is a Dog show keep it as such, why must we trend towards super modern to please the few aficionado's, I would bet the Queen bless her had something to say in private.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 11:19

Awoke to find the North Sea ashore once more, dull and wet now brightening though cold, it is supposedly going to be a sunny weekend, when I see it i will believe it.


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