Latest posts by Palaisglide

Farm Shops

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 10:52

Posy, think of the taste, a Tesco cabbage has been massed produced wrapped transported stored and then delivered to each shop. Everything grown starts to lose goodness from the second you lift or cut it, the Farm shop cabbage will have had a quick shower after being picked probably that morning, have a few holes in the leaves but the taste is beyond any Tesco produce. Fair enough the Super Market are cheaper easier and no holes in the leaves plus not everyone lives near a farm shop. Foxes are five minutes from us a market garden who had stalls in Stockton Market for many years. I use it because i am sick of looking at cabbage and lettuce with the stalks black with age and no taste. If you blanche and freeze the left over cabbage it will do another meal and still tastes better. Our local Butcher makes coleslaw and has different size pots you choose the same with Peasepudding. The Black pudding is local made not with dried blood. I think back to when my mother did all that with our own pigs, it was normal now Tesco's are normal, somethings are not for the better OK I am too old I will get my flat cap.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 10:33

Stockton has sunshine, all around, the steam is rising off the ground, there are blue skies on high and the clouds are scudding by, it makes me sing, you daft auld thing, it must be spring.

Apologies to the song "gimme sunshine" I get carried away or is that should be.


Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 10:20

Missclarech, Hello Clare and welcome. Ask as many questions as you wish you will always get an answer from the nice people on this board.

Over the years I have had a few Green Houses and found by trial and error the best way is path up the middle and a lining with pea gravel spread about six inches or more deep, Puncture the lining with a garden fork to allow some slow drainage though the idea is to hold some water to moisten the air. I did away with soil in the greenhouse because it had to be dug out and replaced at least every two years, some will disagree but my findings were it lost its goodness and the plants suffered.,

Orientation. Which way will it face, my main section is south facing, this can mean how much light heat sunshine you get and when, south facing is maximum light and sun. The north side has permanent staging with a sand bed I can heat for seeds, the underside allows me to store pots of plants I am bringing on before they go in the cold frame. The South side I grow tomato's peppers etc in pots, the roots go into the gravel and I keep the gravel wet. In Autumn I erect a staging for the winter to bring in plants in pots, grow some cut and come again greens and a few Alpines. Root Vegetables are seasonal and grow outside apart from some potato's grown in bags for Christmas so forget roots in the Greenhouse. Salad crops can be grown out of season but out side in summer, it gets way too hot for them in a GH. Over the years shelves have been erected high up to put pots on, there never seems to be enough room in even the largest GH. This is how I learned to work a green house over many years of trial and error but your needs may differ. feel free to ask more.

Snails and slugs will get everywhere even into your greenhouse, you have to be strong a tin with domestos and water, a torch and go pick them off and drop them in the tin. Keep the floor clear of old pots and things they can hide in during the day. In Autumn when I deep clean the green house spraying the gravel with a mild disinfectant kills any thing hiding. Hope this helps.



Posted: 16/02/2017 at 23:42

I grew up with Peony's massive shrubs of them 50 years old when i first knew them and I have a cutting from that bush rooted when i got it and knowing it would take five to seven years to flower. My Sarah B flowers well every year the Rubra's are a mass of flowers that need to be staked and cross stringed to stop the heavy heads drooping.

OK they should be in the ground in a sunny position though not early morning sun, mine get the sun around ten in the morning until the last rays at night. The top of the root should be in the ground early below the level of the surround and once in never cover the root ball with soil. I mulch a couple of times a year away from the root ball, spread the mulch thickly about a foot away in a circle. Normal rain is enough water though if we have a very dry spell I will give them a bucket of water in one go. I never cut them down until I see the first new growth, the dry old top growth after dead heading helps against frost. They can be moved and may not flower that year while they settle though will flower there after. Take as big a lump of rootball as you can carry or drag, prepare a hole with grit in the bottom plenty of compost mixed in the excavated soil then drop the root ball in the hole with the top of the root level with the soils around, do not cover the root or bury it, being buried is often why they stop flowering. Apart from the mulch they do not get fed though I may mix a handful of granular fertiliser in one mulch a year. The reason I say not early morning sun is because here in then NE we get late frosts and it is best for them to de-ice slowly, it is the sun kills the plants not the frost. That is what I found to my cost, we gardeners are learning all the time, usually by our mistakes.

They are wonderful fussy Ladies, treat them with respect and they live for ever, if they are happy they reward you with masses of flower, they need a little tough love to show who is boss.


Farm Shops

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 15:30

Clarington, tha needs be a re'et t'died int t'wool Tyke to like  Hendo's, Mother used it she was a Tyke, Dad preferred t'ther stuff t'same bottle, he was Tyneside, me born in Durham liked Brown Sauce. No accounting for taste is there.

Our local butcher sells all local produce even has his own farm and small registered slaughter house. In my youth, often ill spent, the killing was done on the premises and we youngsters watched no H&S to stop us but then we killed our own stock at home it was part of life as we knew it. They have just won more prizes for best shop best pies and sausage. You cannot get near the shop at lunch time as van loads of workers come from all over for food to eat sitting on the Green.

The local Farm shop take in local fresh produce from small holdings and farms around here, of course they have to import things customers want but the emphasis is on local. You can get a range of potato's with the soil on them just dug up, the only way to taste them, cabbage still has holes in the leaves and morning dew, far better than the perfect tasteless super market ones. You pay a bit more but eat fresh and it does not go to waste as you buy what you need not two for one then bin one. I have heard people complain about the price then buy the same stuff from the market stall, it must be cheaper off a stall? They should check first.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 13:25

Zenjeff, used to go to Killingworth on a regular basis, the BG Depot. Got fish and chips there and they were good although Seaside fish and chips always taste better.

The sun is back out the wind has dropped, better hang the skates back on the wall.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 13:16

Verdun, be very careful what you wish for.  Barbados gets killer Cyclones, it is often wet. After the coldest winter ever 1947 digging trains out then battle school using live ammo, one round would drive the Mortor base into the mud the next five going in all directions, scraping a field, cow pats and green mold off before we could undress I wished for sun. Boy did I get wish fulfillment the Desert. You very rapidly learn to keep out of it and water is the most precious element on this earth. What ever recovery vehicle I drove had a water cart attached, bars welded to the chassis held gerry cans of water, the lads were rationed a gallon a day for all purposes, I was King, not being a smoker doubly so as the lads knew I always had the 100 free issue at the end of the week, it cost them. The SSM told me I better draw some wages or they would be smelling a rat. It got me a very nice Swiss Watch that lasted years.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 11:42

OK Verdun, do not rub it in. Stockton has sunshine on and off clouds drifting by pulling the shutters down now and then. The East winds have ceased blowing for now, temperature 9c. Spoke too soon the wind has turned East again, rapid cooling taking place, on wit ganzi lad, ye reet.


Forum names

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 11:31

Lirodendron just written a piece on back yards, outside toilets and horse drawn vehicles, some one born in the fifties did not know why the toilet down the yard had a trapdoor opening onto the back street? Explaining when those street houses were built the outside toilets were soil boxes that had to be emptied before flush toilets were fitted much later allowed some humour to show. Lets face it, the contents went into middens, once sweetend? went on the vegetable plots and thus the ultimate recycle, from you to plot to vegetable and back to you? When I was in Garrison in the Middle East the night soil collectors told me English night soil was liquid gold, that was what Gyppy tummy did for you. Nice to be useful.


Forum names

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 19:55

Ok lay off, my back is sore from all this slapping, it will be a short break owing to the time of year. I lost Joan four days after my birthday six years ago this month after sixty years of love fun dancing and at times a little too much excitement, raising a strong loving family as well. They want to make a fuss and I know it will go over my head as memories come from nowhere to make me day dream, you never forget.

Give it a little time although you will not get answers for quick and easy questions, where it is possible to give useful advice then I will try to answer.

I do have nearly a full time job on local history as one of the few survivers who remembers Norton as a Village and Stockton in its delapidated condition after years of need war and then austerity, the young budding historians have no idea, some one needs tell it as it was.


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