Latest posts by Palaisglide

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 13:51

Obelixx, what is a "toe kitten"? The mind boggles.

Back on line with my third iPad Apple Air 2. The first a year old went blanc, no not the Monte just black. Sent back under guarantee J Lewis lost it. Sent me brand new upgrade 128gb as against 65gb plus some money back. The earphone socket would not work, we tried every set in the house nothing. It went back to J Lewis, they have now sent me another iPad Air 2  128gb and sent me the postage as well, I am not telling them they collected it? They also sent me a new two year guarantee so what is not to like. I still had my Apple mac pro to play with though for some reason it will not let me sign in to GW, not to worry I now have this and it is the first message. So the old man is back to chivvy you all on idle gardening, a good garden is hard work always was and always will be, are we who love it masochists I ask?


Germinating seeds on wet paper towels

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 12:16

At school many years ago we always had mustard and cress growing on blotting paper on class room window sills which we got to take home, our own eggs and school growm cress for tea lovely. We also grew beans or set them off in jam jars,  ball of blotting paper with a couple of beans pushed down the side so we saw them start to root watching the roots grow longer daily. It was wartime so with the help of teachers and the caretaker we had our own gardens which grew everything later used for the school lunches, we had one cook who cooked cabbage properly, the trend then was to boil it to death. Many of the seeds were nurtured in the class rooms before being planted out. Nothing new about setting seed on paper Dad often started his Ailsa Craig tomatoes in washed sand, my own experience is seeing seedlings from last years tomato's grow in the gravel bed.


Lean to growing

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 10:19

OK,   Setting seeds in August would best be done outside in one of those small plastic shelters that can be opened during the day. Plenty of light and air yet cover from heavy rain and wind, if sown two months earlier they would have been alright sown straight into a seed bed. The seedlings your wife put in would be reaching for the light if they were on a low table or shelf. With a top light you need the shelf high seedlings need potting on as soon as the first two proper leaves form, you need to watch them like babies with TLC.

My thoughts are your lean to is not suitable and probably best to invest in a one of the small growing shelters most garden centres sell, try it and see if it decides you on getting a proper green house at a later date. Growing from seed you need to be watchful, they need all round light, plenty of ventilation, minimum watering and never too much heat, read the packet I tell most people who ask.

At least your lean to could store plants that need winter cover.


Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:41

Hello Obelixx, had a spell off my IPad died, it was a year old so was sent back under guarantee, they lost it? Gave back the cash with a note saying re-order the 128gb is on offer for less than we are refunding? Mouth and gift horse came to mind and here I am back.

My upmarket Apple Pro laptop for some reason will not let me sign in, still working on it though I was straight in with new pad.


Green pebbles

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:31

Anne, have you spray? Any normal household cleaner bottle well washed then fill with a mix of washing up liquid and water. Spray the pebbles leave a while then an ordinary hose will wash them with the help of a stiffish brush. Raking them over with a garden rake now and then also helps, you say it is a small area so it would take minutes. Using a pressure washer could turn the pebbles into shrapnel, not a good idea, you do not want to break windows or wipe out your neighbours do you. Good luck.


Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:52

Not quite with you by lean to do you mean something with walls if so are they solid or glass, more information needed.

I have  south facing lean to greenhouse fixed to a brick wall, the wall takes in heat even on dull days and gives back at night, it has only gone below freezing point once in over thirty years. There are plenty of vents as plants need light, air, shelter from cold winds. In that respect any sort of cover works and you can grow almost year round. Corrogated plastic is often slightly tinted reducing available light, one way is turn your pots planters trays every morning before leaving to work, OK for me retired but not easy for some people.

Gardeners experiment all the time so have a go see what you get, plenty of greens do not need heat just shelter from frost and icy winds. It also depends on where you live the North is at least two weeks behind the south in growth. Give it a go with some salad greens, a lttle warmth to start them off is all they need. Good luck 


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 13:06

Thank you D D, I had the flu jab just a few aches in the old bones, it was the young ones who had the worst of it.

the snow is being blown away by the gale, part of our coast in the NE, are expecting the storm surge, I live on a hill though sorry for those who do not.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:32


I am blue, the sky is too, the familie had flue and its snowing covering the lawns.

The moon last night was big and bright, I thought it was the intruder light

And it was snowing from well before dawn.

They should write a song about it.


A very Merry Christmas to you all

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:21

To Nora the Team and all my friends on the board Have A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My Christmas will be with Family Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, guaranteed a great time then for me, hope all of you as lucky as I am. Best regards to all.



Posted: 17/12/2016 at 12:10

KT, imagine being able to switch them off when they started to nag, "that hall and stairway need decorating" yes dear click? It ia all relevent to the times. My parents worried about me and had plans for me, they did not ask my opinion on going to Agricultural College to be  a Gentleman Farmer? What, not on your nelly. Right Sunderland Naval College then to be  a sea going Officer, what, I could not cross Victoria bridge over the river Tees on a bus without being sea sick. It came to an engineering apprenticeship with night school three nights a week plus a developing shapes with all the math drawing and cutting them out nightly to be handed in next morning for assesment by a crabby old boilermaker. His highest praise was not too bad.

Mother you cannot go dancing every night of the week, why? It will stunt your growth or words to that effect, they were both prize winning Ballroom Dancers, what, you dance, that is different? I carried on and yes, village halls the big dance halls and Sunday night at the Ace club every night was dance night. Remembering that and listening to the parents onto my grandchildren think been there done that, leave them let them find their own way they get there in the end. It is something they need to handle and work out for themselves who are we to cast stones, think back to those mad years.

Technology speeds up they need to keep up it is their way and up to them, we have not made the world a better place they may succeed where we failed.


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