Latest posts by Palaisglide

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.


Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 14:03

Lyn, we had a walled garden and lean to greenhouses but never the room to have those super hot beds so every year we assembled boxes laid in straw bales then raw manure our own stables another straw bale then topped up with soil, it would grow anything. What came out at the end of the year was compost for the potato plot. We all have our own methods not all the same otherwise it would be boring, I do not watch BeeChgrove.


Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:52

Obelixx, correct on all points though when lecturing in both the army and at ICI there would also be warnings of what could go wrong and how to deal with it. We all lash out  for the oddball in the garden, waste time and money only to have it fail, if Monty is into bananas that is up to him, he is showing individuality and why not, it is his garden we see it warts and all. Why not show  would be gardeners a trend I applaud, that things go right most of the time but expect some failure. Those programmes have a mix of mundane to us old hands which are for those who have not had our experience though now and then I see something that makes me sit up ant take notice. It is the old adage, you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

Nice talking to you Obilixx happy memories of Belgium. Frank

Epsom salts

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:00

A tablespoon to a watering can is my way about once a month. It also goes on the tomato's at the same rate once the fruits are set plus of course the usual tomato fertiliser and a top up of fresh compost or potting soil.


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