Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly is back!

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 10:08

Hello Shrinking Violet and thank you to all who said hi to me, nice to have friends.

A lot of discussion in the family they are all now into dancing after years of saying it was old hat they discover the joy of it. Why can we not flow as you and mum did they ask? Well children both mum and I learned at a very early age as do my grandchildren    It shows up with the celebs though it depends on what type of dancing they did, not all ensures them a place at the top, we will see.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 12:53

Yes David, it is the best dancer on the night not the one your heart goes out to, they allowed Caroline to enter and cannot complain when she wins. There are a couple of trained dancers this year any bets as to where they finish.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 10:09

Sorry KEF" DAVID not hard to get just circling like a white shark round Ausie skinny dippers, I appear when hungry.

last year my vote was with Caroline from day one, she was not universally liked and did go into the dance off coming back to win. That is what I look for the will to win you do not need be popular say's he who has been there. The dance with Pasha Saturday was not up to last years standard, Caroline was short of practice Pasha thinking of his nubile number cruncher, nice but not perfect. We will wait for the time they have to produce the goods.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 11:16

Frank is still around SGL and KEV, after a month of year after the event tests by the wonderful NHS blesis em. All clear may not call me next year.

Strictly third league celebs this year having read them up, oh well we will not judge until we see what they can do, oh for the days when they did Valeta and English Waltz, we sewed our own sequins on, it hurt a bit until they told us " on the dress you fool" we live and learn.



Posted: 01/07/2015 at 00:35

We used hot beds for years, the ideal was a bale of straw in the base, plenty of very fresh manure on that,( we had horses) another bale of straw then top soil. It would then be covered and left for a couple of weeks to start working. It would gently steam as it heated and as we always started late February and it did have covers soon got up to heat. The straw helped the manure to breath and start working, the covers, glass lights, could be lifted to let in more air. Why you would make one now though five days is not enough time to get heat. I grow melons in the greenhouse but they will grow outside in a sunny sheltered spot, use fLeece on cool days or nights.

They take time, Monty must have had his tongue in his cheek when he made that poor excuse for a hot bed.


Can I delay my pea pods by cutting the flowers?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 23:16

Fran, the flowers are the fruit. The flower comes is polinated then the fruit or seed which the fruit really is swells producing the pod and filling with seeds or in your case peas. Cut them off no seeds or peas. Strawberries, tomato's all start with the flower which developes into the fruit. Leave them alone and let nature take its course


Monty and those gardening sins...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 11:03

Agree with Dove, hanging baskets are a short term fix, a bit of colour or scent in a drab area. When I did make up baskets they were stuffed never teased out and always had a saucer in the base as a reservoir, they lasted the season so did the job. A quick fix is what they are and disposable end of season, after all how many plants do we need to keep? My herb bed produces stacks of surplus seedlings as will Monty's, using them as a scent basket rather than just weeding them out is a good idea. Monty is human as are we all whom among us never made a mistake and on a point who pinches out cosmos?


strawberry plants

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:22

Angela, I leave to the insects to pollinate but then we are in a rural area. You can tackle them with a soft cotton bud or a feather, catching the bird to steal a feather gets you a sweat on, only kidding there are nests in my shrubs. It is up to you and the flowers have to be ready. Glad you are sorted an advice is what we do on here.


strawberry plants

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 22:24

Angela, on Friday gone I had lunch in the garden and got slightly sunburnt, at five am that morning the temperature had been down to zero. Yes summer in England, in the NE where I live we have learned never to think the frost is over until June, then it comes and kicks us in the teeth. We all ask each other "what global warming" funny old world.

your pots are ok, I used bigger ones because they are there and strawberries are greedy, the more compost you can give them the better. Good luck Frank

strawberry plants

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 17:51

Angela depends on what size pots, if you are high, cold winds, have you had a frost lately, do they get enough sun and most important did they dry out. If in small pots they can dry out in no time with the wind or sun, they need to be not dry and not wet, stick a finger in the pot if it comes up clean add water, if muddy stop the water. I use ten inch pots one plant to a pot which up here in the NE are still in the greenhouse, they go out next week into a sunny sheltered spot.

clean up the plants remove any dead or dying material, repot into fresh compost, larger pots for bigger plants. They are hungry animals and mine get some well rotted manure in the base, organic fertiliser will do as well. If you are in a windy area try to shelter the pots but they do need direct sun. Runners pot into small pots and pin down leaving them attached to the main plant until new growth shows then cut the trailer, those will be brought on to fruit in year two and three. Most cultivated strawberries fruit well the second and third year then go back over, you may get fruit just not as much, I get rid of old plants having brought on plenty of runners. Do not worry too much about pot size anything from six inch up will do. Watch the watering and with luck you may yet get some fruit. If in doubt come back and ask.


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