Palaisglide


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Retaining wall drainage

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 11:37

Alan, it all depends on why you are building the wall as to what you use, if you are levelling a bank and need to retain the soil from moving  then the sleepers are Ok. if just building raised beds then lighter wood will do. Yes you can use drainage though excess water would seep under the wall of sleepers, it does no harm putting some drainage in and yes you can use the pebble mix to put the posts in, saying that you may need take them out some day so just enough cement to hold it. Basically it all depends on why you are building the wall.


Frank.

Soot Everywhere!

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 11:27

Pansyface, 25 V "err oops' I mean lamps, where did they find them, that sounds like an oil well to me, I assume they had not heard of global warming. Us cheeky schoolboys when we had the Bible lesson used to quote, you get on my wick luckily the Teacher was half deaf. In my day it was Gas Lamps though they would have needed a long gas pipe.


I did try a Gas heater in the greenhouse after the oil heater soot up, found the condensation even worse so went electric, no more problems.


Frank.

Soot Everywhere!

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 09:57

Paula, Dove has put the old thread back up and I did comment on that. The wick needs trimming each time before you light the heater. A sharp pair of scissors and pull up the wick, cut off the charred end bit cleanly, turn back down to light the wick and then turn the wick down to just above the wick holder. One thing with those heaters is they give off a lot of condensation so leave a vent cracked open when using the heater. I went onto electric fan heaters a long time ago for the very reasons you say, the odd soot up but more damaging the condensation.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 09:48

We will be getting a name change to Sunny Stockton if this keeps up. Glorious morning, windows open and the smell of freshly cut lawns wafting around, I feel like singing, "err" second thoughts do not want to frighten the Neighbours do we.


Frank.

Instagram

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 09:43

Autumnglory, Yes  and I have done the same all my long life, I had a stack of yearly diaries all written up on the plants I grew and how they progressed or did not, whatever the case may be. Then I ended up in hospital, the family took the opportunity to put in a new bathroom for me and cleared the garage, all my Diaries went in the bin, years of history.


At my age able to manage my iPad Apple MacBook printer and phone is about it, face book Instagram and the other thing mentioned are beyond me, and of course I cannot understand why any one would put their lives on an electronic gadget with no control over views it will get, you read about it every day where thousands have been hacked, why would you put yourself in that position.


No insults were given or meant, I just do not know what those things are, my knowledge came from Dad, Books and experience as to what works in our area, things can be very different from you just ten miles away so it is important to know your own garden. What works for you will not always work for others.


Frank.

Last edited: 13 April 2017 09:43:49

How sun direct affects plants?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 22:42

You will find if you watch closely a plant turns it leaves to the light or sun, they move quite a lot and are not totally dormant as most people seem to think. It is in a pot so turn it each time you pass, mine get a daily move but if it only turns once a week that will do nicely. Bushes set in the border cannot be moved yet they thrive. In high summer the sun rises and sets covering over nearly 200 degrees of Arc as it lifts from sunrise to noon then sunset. Pots or plants in shade will lean towards the light naturally, watch the flowers and leaves you will see them facing the sunlight. Nature takes care of its own despite our interference.


Frank.

Instagram

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 10:10

Pansyface, At my age you talk about it to anyone who will listen to rest your aching back after doing it and not talking about it !!! Right, now what was I talking about??


Pinterest??? what on earth? However did we old stagers ever feed our families from the garden without all these magic roundabouts.


My Computer back then was Dad, dig t'ground ower in't Autumn lad, let winter and twerms do their bit, Sow and plant in't  Spring then eat fresh al't year round. He was right.


OK now I will getten me Ganzi and go hoover the Astro Turf and wash the plastic flower bed?


Frank.

Instagram

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 23:41

Well now, I know how to double dig, plant spuds and put rotted horse muck on my Rhubarb but at my age i am unable to dig Instagram what ever it is or what ever you put on it, will custard do it or gravy. Pansyface you do know how to insult our Female members, Gardeners will do nicely no gender that way after all we must be up with the new trend of no Gender conversations. ("eh pet").


Frank.

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.


Frank.

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.


Frank.

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