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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:07

Nin, I would say well done as a gardener with a large greenhouse and plenty of room it is still hard work, for you with none of those things and to succeed is a labour of love indeed.

Yes the frame will do nicely and toughened glass is OK with no children about, I have young grandchildren and have to watch them near the greenhouse. Up against the wall will as you say give residual heat, you will find you need to remove the glass early morning or at least lift it on blocks to let the air in, put it all back in the evening and if there looks like a frost then a couple of feet of bubble wrap or blanket is reasonable in price and worth pounds in saved plants, lift that as soon as the day warms up.

Some people seem to make progress against all odds you appear to be one of them, good luck and one more thought a cold frame can also be made from old cardboard boxes with some plastic sheet stretched over, we gardeners make do and mend on occasion.

Frank.

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 10:22

Nin, A question. Do you have a greenhouse? some of those things you have grown need cover until we get the hot weather at least. Most people would site the cold frame next to the greenhouse for ease of moving stuff in and out as does Monty on GW.

The idea of a cold frame is to ease the plants from the warmth of its birth to a place where it can be hardened to the weather so on normal days the glass would be opened cold wet days kept closed or just an inch open to breath.

Glass needs to be in frames as it is easily broken and not a good thing if children are around, most use plastic the idea is the plants are on the soil usually much warmer than high up on a shelf so do not need much insulation. Up against a wall would be good, some sunshine also good, they are shaded by the wall of the cold frame. a warning, watch out for snails and slugs.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 10:01

Yes David some words do resound in the head, as a choir boy I loved some hymns, still do, others were a drag. The Sunday night around the piano (pre TV etc) I learned all the first world war songs and what they meant to my elders, the Irish songs I played all had meaning for mother. Away from home with the Army you get all the sentimental songs which have meaning for lads away from family so I have listened and dreamt thought wished whatever. For some reason Dinah Shore and My Bonhomie always stuck in my head from Desert days, why? afraid I do not know, just one of those things (now they should write a song about that).

Gardening songs for me would be a gentle burble like the birds and the bees, you know they are there getting on with things without bothering you, a gentle soothing aid for the sore back.

Frank. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 09:08

"Err" I see Orchid Lady, you actually listen to the words? With my shot ears and a sound down technique I only hear the music. BBC2 playing something soothing the other day whilst rushing round with the Hoover had voice over but what they were saying was lost to the ether, it is votes change bad government not protest songs.

So dear Lady look up Strauss, The Blue Danube, Tales from the Vienna Woods, the first music I learned to play on the piano, though at the same time I was playing Irish songs on the Accordion for Mother. I had an hour playing the other day Glen Miller tunes from my dancing years, it is the music that has the message for me not the words.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:14

Orchid Lady, a waltz comes in many forms with many composers, we had to learn the old fashioned waltz step, 1-2-3  1-2-3 as it was part of what was called old fashioned dancing were you did fixed movements followed by waltz turns. When we started dancing in the big boys dance halls a mixed old and new style we learned the Modern waltz or the English waltz slower than the Vienna waltz.

The German waltz a sort of Vienna waltz you could march too but the Germans always wanted us to dance the English waltz, they queued up to dance with us soldier boys. Dutch dancing was joyful, Belgium staid and French "whoa there girl leave my belt alone" I leave it to you to work it out.

Some one bought me Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra DVD for Christmas I view it on the lap top when I am feeling idle, Joan and I danced in Austria many times we loved the Viennese style waltz which is far more adventurous than you see on Strictly, so pays yer money and takes yer choice.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 13:02

My C&W is Lynn Anderson, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Lester Platt and Earl Scruggs kind. Raking through the LP's I found Bay City Rollers "Agh" Manuel Music of the Mountains, Shadows, Tramps, James Last and "who the H--- bought that", Singalong with Max, shows what an eclectic household we were. I put some Waltz music on the record deck and it did not sound too bad.

There is a pond in the garden where there was not one yesterday, it is dull and grey though still warm in the Conservatory, I will get the mince on cooking then go have a sit and listen to some old memory, that will not be Max or Bay City Rollers.

Frank.

Using own compost for baskets

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:26

Lancashire Lass, sounds like a good mix and you can only try, we all experiment more so in todays financial climate. Bought compost will have reached a higher temperature in its making to kill off bugs and weed seeds, most of our compost bins do not get that hot so you can end up growing things you did not intend.

I have heard complaints about B&Q compost, spreading it on a plastic sheet and adding a little lime would probably take away the sour smell, give it a couple of days or so to weather then I use a bin with a lid to store it.

The way I do it is put my own compost in the base then add bought compost mixed with grit and gel, it works for me although you will still find yourself watering twice a day in summer, putting the whole basket in a dish of water will get it back if the compost dries out.

Hope this helps good luck. Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:12

The music today was Country and Western, the mob landed, stripped out the Conservatory cleaned it top to bottom and installed the new stuff.

My SIL discovered my stack of old LP's with the original artists and the record player, they were dancing round and singing as they mopped and washed, mad lot no idea where they get it?

Now I have a pile of old stuff and packaging awaiting the collectors and a bright new place to spend my summer, sunny warm comfortable and I can get some plants back in.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:03

Orchid Lady, it is not the sound of the cars it is the commentators talking a load of rubbish. The sound of wonderful pianists playing Mozart is much more to my liking.

Frank.

Compost bins on soil

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:20

Uncooked veg will still have all the nutrients where as cooked veg will be lacking, I steam all veg yet never put it on the compost just a fry up on Monday, the big compost heap behind my shirt front.

Rabbits like their food growing and full of sap, on the farm they knew a shot gun when they saw one, all you saw was white tails disappearing, the unlucky ones made delicious pies.

Frank.

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