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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Fresh new leaves in between rhododendron flowers

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 15:28

Carole, leave it, the only thing you need do is once the flowers have died back pull of the old buds that are left, the old flower in other words. My Rhododendron is an old one planted in earth which needs to be acidic mulching with peat will do you can still get peat though some will jump on me saying it is ruining the planet. I can think of plenty of other things that will ruin the planet faster.

you will need to pot on at some time if there's not room to plant in soil, the best time is just after flowering. They like semi shade Not full sun and last for years, mine is nearly thirty, a slight trim every few years and a mulch once a year is all it needs.


VE Day

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 15:13

Hello Beaus Mum, yes it meant everything to us people who had gone through the war. We went from expecting an invasion at any time, through nearly two years of nighttime raids and most nights in the shelter, still had to be at school on time even when the bus could not get to the school because of damage. The long drawn out years of rationing, helping to grow our own food and harvest it instead of holidays lazing about, indeed when the time came we let our hair down and how.

The war was not over on May 8th it went on in the Far East until August so we still had hardship and rationing until 1952. The party went on for three days in our area then back to the grind, I will never forget the total euphoria and for our tea on VE Day mother dug out from her secret hoard Peaches and Carnation milk, a rare treat indeed.

A very unforgettable memory burnt into my brain and for all those who lived it total relief though we still had relatives fighting.


Stock cubes

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:53

Salt gets a bad name yet we cannot live without it, for two years in the Middle East we had a daily ration of salt tablets as well as the Mepokrin, it was classed as self inflicted wounds if you became ill due to salt shortage. It took a week of daily rubbing to salt a side of bacon or a ham and that crisp salt bacon was my breakfast every day plus fried bread, why am I still here? 

Sodium Chloride or Halite as we knew it at ICI is either brine washed up from salt rock laid down millions of years ago or mined from those same rock deposits. Dried sea salt is exactly the same and all of it has additives, they make it free flowing also having natural fluoride more is often added plus iodine show me so called pure salt and I fall about laughing. Bacon and hams are pressure salted to speed up the process as the old methods took too long, the difference being a pan full of water or crisp salty bacon depends on natural cure or t'other one.

all stock cubes have added salt, my stock pan often gets some neck of mutton in with the veg, cooled sieved and put in the freezer you are never short of stock and the mutton makes lovely soup. "Oh" and all your gravy granules are mainly salt with flavourings, I worked in Cerebos and saw it all.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:19

David, we are what we were in our youth, mine was dance music, Henry Hall, Glen Miller, all the big bands even Victor Sylvester of course the classical music I played on piano. The modern stuff never struck a chord with me though my Daughters made my ears ache with it. My gardening was often the only way to escape the cacophony gardening in the dark on cold winter nights not recommended .

The halcyon days we are having in the NE these last weeks, sitting in the sun listening to gentle country style music, U tube has masses of music so choice, what gets posted on here is not doing it for me. The old top of the pops that BBC have been pushing lately show me why I do not like it.

Morning in the garden potting on, nice sunshine cold wind, penalty for living next to the North Sea.


Stock cubes

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:01

Some what baffled, all my left over veg goes into a pan with a pack of bacon bits and simmers (you can leave out the bacon) cooled drained then put in small containers there is always stock for soups mince or what ever, never tried it in rice pudding yet.

As a lad no fridges or freezers we used lots of salt to dry cure bacon pork ham, mother bottled made chutney and jam even preserving eggs ( hens awkward things that they are laid in season) They stock pot ran all week, who needed cubes.


One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 15:19

Anyone tried the central locking button, keeps them all out.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:08

Hi David, still living your wild child days then musically, yesterday setting my tomato's into their main pots in the green house, we are weeks behind you, it was Isla Grant Irish folk singer from Scotland, she sings my song, The old accordion man. Still have it and it's many memories of fairly staid parties, sometimes? 

The garden is now into the Tulip stage with the Muscari popping up in places I never planted it, shrubs are in flower and the Duetsia ready to give its snowball effect. After last years little glitch we are back on course.


Soiled soil?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:27

Welcome Laura, you will find the people on here friendly and forthcoming with advice. Cats sorry but this is an ongoing question to which there seems to be no permanent answer, my way was to get a Westie, he saw them off. The lawn, if you cannot see any mess then it was probably cleaned up. The weather is dry so walking on the lawn will not harm it. A sprinkler hose used a couple of times a week will wash anything lingering down. Cut the grass not too low several times and use a feed and weed fertilise, if the weather is dry wash it in with a hose, wait six weeks and do it again.

The muddy patch may need investigation, normally a hedge will suck up moisture and leave it dry so something not right. Sit in you garden and watch the sun, where does it rise, which way does it move, where does it set. Are there any shaded bits from the house trees or that hedge. You need to know for future planting.

A quick way to get colour is using pots or containers, a couple of bags of compost, some bedding plants, fill a pot and place in your eye line from the house or sitting area.

Neighbours? Not much you can do about them apart from make friends and discuss mutual problems. Half the complaints on the board are about neighbours. Good luck do not be afraid to ask.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

Steve, there are no right or wrong ways in gardening, what works for one will not for others. We learn what works over time, show me a gardener who never made a mistake I will show you a liar. Over sixty years man and boy taught by a real gardener you get to know your methods, and tend to stick to them. I hot compost having the room and place in full sun to make it work, probably why there is no need to sterilise.

If it is working for you stick with it and good luck.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:31

Steve, in all my years of gardening you are the first to say you have too much soil, my experience from a small holding during wartime to now is never enough. 30 odd years of mulch and old potting compost have not raised my beds very much, the raised beds I made seemed to drain soil, they were always being topped up. Dad only sterilised soil for seed trays, ordinary garden soil in a bucket sitting on the greenhouse stove, it worked.

Using a lot of pots containers and trays there is plenty of old compost so next to the compost boxes there is an area it gets dumped mixed with some of my compost and bone meal then left to weather and the worms, it becomes the base compost for pots after sitting around resting a couple of years.

Guess we all have our own ways and who is to say they are wrong, good luck with what you decide.


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