Latest posts by Palaisglide

Reusing old compost with artificial fertlizer

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 23:27

My old compost goes on the beds as a mulch or in my compost boxes and new plants get new compost. By the time your old compost is done any goodness will have long been leached out, why risk new plants when compost can be bought by the bag for what you will pay for the various fertilisers you need to bring it back to life.


Faulty ph tester?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 23:20

Blueberry Bushes need very acidic soil, Ericaceous composts are usually slightly acidic and can soon leach away with some heavy rain fall. The best way of growing them is in pots, that will contain the acid even if you bury the pots in a border. They need full sun and plenty of water can also take three or more years to grow fruit. You should also check which plants are best for your area as they can differ in requirements for growing. If you put them in an acid bed the strong acid can kill off plants around them, they are not an easy plant to grow which is why I get mine from M&S, I would rather grow currants Red, Black, or white and a few Gooseberries.


Feeding Strawberries

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 11:06

I have grown my Strawberry's in pots for years and do the same, There will be enough goodness in the compost to bring the plant growth then as soon as they have blossomed and the tiny fruit bud shows start to feed. A weak mixture is all that is needed once a week but more need of the plants watered but not soaked.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 10:04

Stockton. It was quite cold overnight and windy by the sound of things outside. Today Sunshine a few wispy clouds and still a cool breeze, looking for the hills I can see the tops over the Valley and the clouds seem to be scudding South at a rate of knots.


If I had a brain I'd be dangerous!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:57

Shrinking Violet, You are not the only one my love nor will you be the last. I bought a large Robinson greenhouse when we moved here all those years ago and filled it the first Spring cursing myself for not getting a bigger one. The seed trays got shuffled around and most survived then as I emptied it for the Tomato's it hit me. It was glassed to the last six inches from the ground and quite high, just use the under the bench area and removable shelves up, all the room I needed and  all the benches on the South side plus shelving came out for the tomato's peppers etc; when it was time to plant them. I have a Geum and not knowing put it in the worst place it could have gone in the Garden, nothing, it moved five times before I found its place and it now flowers year on year. That taught me to read the instructions in my RHS books.

AS to technology, laptops iPads phone printer in my office around me, buzz sing and I am sure dance, I grab something, no not that then the next and it is always the last thing I pick up, irate Daughter, where have you been I have rung three times, well sweetheart at my age I hear a noise, have to work it out then answer. I often wonder who has turned the Radio on when it is my phone singing its heart out. I watch my family as they sit clutching their latest many gee gee's phones if they lost them it would be as if they had lost an arm, thumbs worn out by tippy tapping on them I remember when our phone was in a big red box next to the village pond. I have a phone under duress, Dad if anything happened when you are out!!! then forget to take it with me. How did we manage to get through a war and the arid years after without all these modern wonders or as i call them electronic handcuffs, if we are honest they are far more tying than being incarcerated.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 23:15

GWRS I think it is a Northern thing, we called them Pigeon peas or Brown Badgers and I was led to believe Carlin means atonement. They were always cooked in water the day before then fried in the bacon fat or Butter, the next day, the day after was probably when we atoned for eating them.

It has been a glorious day but has come in cold this evening that's Stockton for you, slave to the icy blasts down the North Sea.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:22

Dove correct, our day boat men off the local beaches,( you can buy fish straight out of the boat on Redcar beach), tend to wear day glow water proofs in case of capsize, quite often it seems. The very few Trawler-men still wear the ganzi as the fish come in large nets and are dropped straight onto the sorting chute. I think there are only four at Whitby now and rarely seen in Hartlepool. Gone are the days when the Scottish Herring Lassy's would arrive with the coast full of Herring Boats, the Girls would come to the dances and though cleaned up you could still smell the fish, Mother bought herring by the bucket at that time and rolled them, fresh out of the oven I could eat them by the Shoal and then cold with bread the rest of the week, "The good old days"? it was for some.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:34

Pansyface, Our Grans were a law unto themselves, Monday morning at School after carlin Sunday all the windows would be open cold or not. The point being we could not get enough of them fried with the bacon they were quite "err" well edible.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:29

OK Dove, a good Ganzi does not need a smock over it being proof from force 9 gales. Then again we are a tough lot up here, Blue woad, a Ganzi and a furry sporran (fur out over) is all we need.

You could try  the KD jacket we wore in the Middle East and dye it blue.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 09:53

Ever heard of a Ganzi, go to Whitby and the Fishermen's wives will knit you one on four needles, they last a lifetime as we North easterners know.


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