Latest posts by Palaisglide

New Grandson

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:46

Ladybird4, Congratulations, my Great Grandson George was born last Wednesday and another Great Grandson due anytime now in Canada, I will see George although the one due will not be back until Christmas.

Depends on the size of your garden, even young trees after 20-30 years will be thirty feet high and thirty feet canopy so you need to work it out. Apart from Olive trees I have nothing in my books to go with Ollie, Olive trees will grow here but are drab looking. Why not a fruit tree which would blossom about now the birthday and give fruit later. They can be trimmed yearly and kept in proportion with the joy of fresh fruit, children love picking fruit and eating it from the tree, well my lot do.

I love Lawsoniana  (Lawson Cypress) for their colour Golden and their shape which can be trimmed and topped to keep it within reason, it does not drop needles nor change colour in winter, I have two, though that is me your choice will differ. What ever you do once in you cannot take it with you should you move, well not without great difficulty so that needs thinking about. Shrubs last for years in pots and they can be moved on with you. My advice, stop think and choose carefully.


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 23:15

Daniel, reverted back to the laptop from the I-pad and it has solved all the problems, the PM's now come up and messages go, must be an Apple problem not the first by any means.

Now been all over the site used the buttons and find it easy which at my age is really something, roaming around I.T. and making things work still gives me a big thrill just as any new knowledge ever did. Who ever said you cannot teach an old dog new tricks? well they were wrong.

Iron out the odd wobble and you are on a winner.


Your new-look forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:38

Daniel, Coming back on here yesterday after a long absence it all appeared very strange indeed. Being a retired engineer the way foward is investigate which I did. The format is much better also much clearer, there was no problem finding the way through the various formats. Adverts, well you have to make it pay, they also amuse me in the things gardeners of today nee which we did not 60 or more years ago. Problems with a new project? Well who does not have that to worry about, we work at it.

Main comment I like it, main problem you tell me I have a PM so a reply is written the will not post. I work off an apple I pad though admit to not trying the laptop to reply as yet.


Excuse the typo's the pad refuses to let me go back, something else I am working on.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:30

Glad the connection was made "J" though obviously not the PM I tried to send, that was more personal. Some of us long time posters have been friends over many years, my thoughts are often with them though once I clocked out it had to be total, it is far too easy to be drawn back into the wrangling.

Oops bells going off lunch must progress.

Regards to all, Frank.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:36

Plant Pauper, I answered your PM but it refused to go. I left after a discussion about wood ash, people explain a problem we reply using our own experience, they can use the knowledge, ignore it completely or do a mix and match. Some one came in from stage left with their own arguments and my thoughts were this I do not need so left and never looked until today. Shock horror what on earth happened?

A Staff member could probably get this to Plant Pauper although my communications appear OK my message would not go.

You asked, today itis leg of pork with all the trimmings, last weeks Yorkshire puds came out so high climbing ropes were needed to cut it, the onion gravy was being spooned up they thought it was soup.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 23:44

On this forum Redwing it has always been the case that one subject led to another, many lessons are learn't  by that diversity, so it comes down to freedom of speech, we all express our opinions as you have done on this thread. Let us now call it a day as ninety percent of the posters will not have wood ash therefore the discussion is irrelevant to most.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:41

Gardenviking, no argument there, I did say in the early post we put the ash in the compost mixing it well. Having lived through a time when every foot of land was needed to grow food which meant using fertiliser to maximise crops seeing land laid fallow for many years brought back to growing crops with the use of fertiliser we knew it worked. Fertilisers were used well into the eighties still are in fact only they are reduced and placed where needed instead of random scattering. In experiments on farm land with and without fertiliser you lose around one quarter of the crop when unfertilised so tell me how do we feed the rowing population of the world by going non chemical. I could not feed my extended family from my garden even if allowed to use the neighbours gardens after getting rid of lawns decking hard standing for cars etc.

There is no one answer to the problem of feeding the people though it would help if all of us did not waste the food we buy, if some wish to put wood ash on their plants they are free to do, my way is to use what I found works over many years of trial and error, making mistakes, some big ones, you live and learn, so good luck with your gardening, we all need that especially as Spring has not reached us in the NE of England as yet.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:17

Redwing, I worked for ICI, and know where granular comes from, mainly Anhydrite from mines and Ammonia water and air. Uria was first gathered from human waste water then a method found to produce it from the above products. As an Engineer all production plants came into my remit, being nosy the chemical mysteries became ingrained. In the Steam Reforming process oil certainly went into the furnace tubes then came out the other end NH3 being turned into granular fertiliser by more process, every bag has the exact make up printed on it so yes I do know what is in the product. Unless wood ash is anilysed you never know what is in it. My onlyargument is why risk your plants.

Once got given a bag of wood chips, it was the fad of the time so spread it as a mulch, big mistake, birds squirrels hedgehogs and goodness knows what other animals thought it a playground. The stuff with the help of the wind went everywhere, it got swept up and binned.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:58

Redwing, sorry not convinced. What is the chemical make up, how does it improve the soil, how do you know there is no contamination in the wood, do you see it cut at source transported watch it burn. We burnt wood cut on the farm in the boilers though on more than one occasion found the odd posts or fencing being tossed in and on one smelly occasion the tar blocks from the High Street that had lain for years between the tram rails. Years of gardening under first my Father then making my own mistakes taught me to be wary so I add it to the compost and mix it well knowing it will be there a while. I would not dose my Grandchildren with a substance of which I knew little and I do not feed my plants on such things either, I beg to differ.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 12:29

Hostafan, it always amazes me what people will put on their precious plants without prior knowledge of what it does. Years ago we had chimney's that needed sweeping usually in summer when fires were out. The bags of soot went into a brick holding area, the oldest weathered soot went in a circle round plants the slugs loved it worked, others would spread it on the garden and wonder why crops failed. I would much rather scatter a handfull of granular fertiliser round the plants, you know the make up and how much to use, hoeing in a handfull of bone meal works as well. Old wives tales do not produce good plants, hard work and knowledge will.


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