Latest posts by Palaisglide

Leaf mould

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:37

The advice I write on here is from donkey's years of experience, take it or leave it in other words. As a lad knee deep in the midden turning the horse manure and green waste i would ask Dad why we had to do it. "Well lad you can have it ready for next year with plenty of good food or we can leave it alone for three years and starve for two of them". He was a dead keen old style gardener, I did it his way.

The Council waste that they turn into compost is piled high for heat turned weekly for air and sprayed with water for the dampening, because of those things they can produce compost for sale in a few weeks. we do not get the heat needed so my compost takes four to five months in summer much longer in winter. If I turn the leaf mould bags every few weeks it takes minutes and I have usable compost in a year if it is not turned it takes two or three. That is my experience, if you do not wish to turn it then don't, if you wish to speed up the process turn it. As for the normal compost it takes little time to fork it into the wheel barrow turn what is left, damp it and toss it back, why pay for a Gym when you can do the exercise at home. We are individuals you pay's yer money and takes yer choice.


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 11:58

Considering this part of Northern Europe was covered in ice for a milleniar we are each and everyone an incomer why after years of living as one nation people think they should go back to their roots leaves me wondering. We are mongrels, mixed breeds since the exodus from Africa although that is now being looked at more closely, we have wandered and intermixed so who exactly are we I ask. It is true of all Countries so why all the flag waving in our very short period on this earth it means nothing. Having gone through a world war and one or two since it makes me wonder why we never learn from our mistakes. Family are all that really matters plus of course the joy of gardening,  nurturing our plants and the wonderful peace it brings as we sit and look, let all else take care of itself.


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 10:13

Watery, My Daughter married an American and has lived in California for over thirty years, she sounds American to us although in America she is told she is English the second she opens her mouth. When we were in California people would hear us talking come over and talk saying they loved to hear real English??? I am from the North East of England with a Yorkshire Mother and Newcastle Dad plus Durham Kin, if you wish to hear a mix of accents come and visit. I met many Uk people who had moved to California and they all sounded English to me never having lost the accent. I found the Americans very friendly and well mannered if I may say that.

Hostafan, when I was stationed at Bordon with a unit of Londoners they all thought I was Scottish, to them the bit between London and the Border to Scotland did not exist, I heard all the old jokes, smiled and said nothing because I was getting free trips to London most weekends all paid for, they too were wonderful people bad jokes and all.


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:48

It all depends on your age. We older posters never heard of centigrade apart from in the Chemistry class, it was Fahrenheit at all times. It was the same for weights, we all knew how many ounces in a pound and what a Ton was, our milk came in Gills Half pints and pints in our own jugs or glass bottles. Money was in pounds shillings and pence and my Mother and Aunts all brilliant cooks actually worked in cups as do the Americans so who had it first I ask.

Suddenly in 1970-ish we had Litres Metres and Kilometres, what on earth were those, When told to take a Convoy of trucks from Hamburg docks to Fallinbostel and it would be so and so Kilometres and hour we all looked dumb and asked how do we do that, our speedometers are in miles per hour??? What we all knew without thinking about it became one big problem. Later in ICI we got drawings with both measurements on them, one set of Isometric drawings would come in old money and one set would be binned with the new stuff we did not understand. It is easy for people brought up on one system to criticise others brought up on different systems. "Oh" and by the way I still measure for myself in feet and inches, it works for me very nicely thank you.


Leaf mould compost

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 14:41

Josusa, I got the drift of your post and it was done in my time by some, not good for the  woodlands. Brought up on smallholdings and farms we always had plenty of compost with horses as well as other animals plus all the green waste that went into the midden to rot down I learned the best ways to make compost. We had masses of trees along the Mill Lane where we lived and it was my job to bag the leaves  up, hession sacks back then and put them in the wire baskets we rotted them down in.

Hot boxes were erected in February and topped with our leaf mould mixed with loam for early strawberries and seed planting plus Dads melons before they went in the greenhouses. Dad was a keen gardener, had to be in war time, "if you cannot eat it or sell it do not grow it" but he had his own favourites. Many of the plants I have are his old favourite Peony, Lily's, Carnations to name a few although Chrysanthemums were too much bother, Dad grew them to show and often won with his.

I pop in to the board now and then when something gets my interest  not too often now though, the old school of gardening appears to have gone to instant everything and I am not instant anything. A good garden is hard work, short cuts mean doing things twice at least but doing it right the second time. I think my time has gone, even my Daughter has laid a plastic lawn for ease of maintenance, I change my will tomorrow.


Last edited: 20 July 2017 14:42:30

Bench renovation

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:39

Josusa, tight pockets mean you look at every option first before trying to get your hands in the pockets. It appears to be a modern trend to buy first and think later we old gardeners in our younger days had to make do and mend, it becomes part of your Genes. I got mine from Dad who fed the extended family out of our smallholding as well as his day job, "tha niver buys what yer can make lad" Not a bad motto when the trend is to spend more on your garden than you do on a mortgage, we call it Daft up here.


Leaf mould compost

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:28

Josusa, no need to scrape the woodland areas though we do have them, I moved on to this area 30 odd years ago and when walking the dog saw the council workmen sweeping up and bagging the leaves on the lane so asked what they did with them, the go to the incinerator but you can take as many bags as you need and I did every year. 


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:20

Purplerallim, I learned a long time ago to put everything outside the conservatory from April to September. here in Durham we had temperatures of 24 -28 for nearly five days and another three days this week. You cannot leave the Conservatory wide open at night as you can a green house so better safe than sorry the plants go out.


Greenhouse recommendations please

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:15

I have a Robinson bought at a knock down price at the Great Yorkshire Show 30 odd years ago. It has seen storm and even tempest and never lost a pane of glass when all around lost everything. As good today as it ever was although I did add more vents for the odd hot day we get in the North East.


Bench renovation

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:07

Wooden furniture gets jet washed allowed to dry then oiled, it is still good after 25 years apart from renewing some of the bolts. Why waste money on fancy paints that do not do what it says on the tin, this is the North East even tighter pockets than my mothers Yorkshire.


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