Latest posts by Palaisglide


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.


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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.



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?



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").


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.


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.


Feeding Strawberries

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 11:06

I have grown my Strawberry's in pots for years and do the same, There will be enough goodness in the compost to bring the plant growth then as soon as they have blossomed and the tiny fruit bud shows start to feed. A weak mixture is all that is needed once a week but more need of the plants watered but not soaked.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 10:04

Stockton. It was quite cold overnight and windy by the sound of things outside. Today Sunshine a few wispy clouds and still a cool breeze, looking for the hills I can see the tops over the Valley and the clouds seem to be scudding South at a rate of knots.


If I had a brain I'd be dangerous!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:57

Shrinking Violet, You are not the only one my love nor will you be the last. I bought a large Robinson greenhouse when we moved here all those years ago and filled it the first Spring cursing myself for not getting a bigger one. The seed trays got shuffled around and most survived then as I emptied it for the Tomato's it hit me. It was glassed to the last six inches from the ground and quite high, just use the under the bench area and removable shelves up, all the room I needed and  all the benches on the South side plus shelving came out for the tomato's peppers etc; when it was time to plant them. I have a Geum and not knowing put it in the worst place it could have gone in the Garden, nothing, it moved five times before I found its place and it now flowers year on year. That taught me to read the instructions in my RHS books.

AS to technology, laptops iPads phone printer in my office around me, buzz sing and I am sure dance, I grab something, no not that then the next and it is always the last thing I pick up, irate Daughter, where have you been I have rung three times, well sweetheart at my age I hear a noise, have to work it out then answer. I often wonder who has turned the Radio on when it is my phone singing its heart out. I watch my family as they sit clutching their latest many gee gee's phones if they lost them it would be as if they had lost an arm, thumbs worn out by tippy tapping on them I remember when our phone was in a big red box next to the village pond. I have a phone under duress, Dad if anything happened when you are out!!! then forget to take it with me. How did we manage to get through a war and the arid years after without all these modern wonders or as i call them electronic handcuffs, if we are honest they are far more tying than being incarcerated.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 23:15

GWRS I think it is a Northern thing, we called them Pigeon peas or Brown Badgers and I was led to believe Carlin means atonement. They were always cooked in water the day before then fried in the bacon fat or Butter, the next day, the day after was probably when we atoned for eating them.

It has been a glorious day but has come in cold this evening that's Stockton for you, slave to the icy blasts down the North Sea.


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