Latest posts by Palaisglide

New Greenhouse

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 11:27

Simon, having moved quite a few times with various G/ houses the last move cured all previous mistakes in that I bought a Robinson, a good well made aluminium which for thirty years has worked perfectly. Costly yes, buy cheap you get cheep. In high winds some around lost everything, mine never moved and not a single broken glass, fingers crossed.

one row of slabs up the middle, the south side dug out lined with heavy plastic and small shingle, this holds water so tomato's thrive on it I use twelve inch pots with large holes in the base, half fill them and plant the tomato then top up with compost every couple of weeks. North side are the benches, home made from solid wood and a heated sand bed. Through the years heating a g/house got more expensive and each method of heating has its problems. The sand bed gives bottom heat to start seed then shelving above means they can be lifted up as less heat is needed. Hang a bubble wrap blanket around the sand box to contain the heat. The rest of the bench for pots the potting bench is in my garage so do not need roomto work in g/ house.

We all do things differently so pick and choose from any advice given.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:19

Well done each and all, this is my last before bed.

A neighbour purely by chance

Saw me watering the plants

She said in dismay

No no not that way

Now go and zip up your pants.

Goodnight all,


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:33

"Oh Dear"

We have a neighbour Plant Pauper

Up to things she shouldn't ought-er

Now she's up on the roof

Which gives us the proof

She's much madder than we thought-er.


I'm very ashamed.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:14

Mr Darcy????? Well I did come out of the North Sea after swimming bare chested. All loose bits vanished including fingers and toe's, chest a mass of goose pimples, knees and face purple and two crabs attached to my ears, but we NE lads are tough I would be back to normal in a week?

It would be more Mr Darcy after swimming in the Suez Canal and we did come out of the Sinai hot sweaty and dirty to find the Cantara bridge was closed, I stripped off the lot and dived in the Canal to my horror hearing female cheers as I went under. The canal is quite narrow there so raising my head found a coach load of WAAF on the other bank. What to do? I enjoyed my swim then boldly got out to a lot more cheering, when in deep s--t do what you have to do as normal, it is too late anyway.

Don't worry "J" my spurs have long since gone.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:54

PP, try the bathroom with a funnel and long pipe.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:45

My compost is something to see

Fresh hot and air flowing free

Something I learned

As it often gets turned

It improves if I go there to pee.


I'm very ashamed.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:27

Not to worry "J" I was brought up with horses my Son still has them on the farm. Lazy Mares need a little gentling then a kick with the Spurs, the ones with the sharpened rowels attached.

Don't worry we all do it says he who found a bag of Tulips a year later, mind I was in hospital getting lumps cut off, no excuse really, feeling a bit under should get you out there enjoying the fresh air, very fresh here in the NE.

I would tell the young recruits (lack of knowledge I can forgive, idleness never) they got the message.


I'm very ashamed.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 10:34

Plant Pauper, you are being naughty consider your self spanked. You should read the lazy gardener book there are a lot of laughs but some good advice even for us old hands, problem I cannot remember the Author.

Get a long tray about six inches deep fill with good compost with maybe just a dusting of bone meal, put the large bulbs (if there are any) near the bottom and build the rest up almost touching then water in.

They may only grow leaves, good they will take in the sunshine (if we get any) and fatten the bulb for next year, even if they lay forgotten through winter they will come next year.

I have a mass of Daffodils on the front lawn that have grown in number year on year providing me with a lovely show this year for four weeks, they lay hidden under a tree that over grew so had to go and then_______ lovely. NOW GET YOUR Bottom out there and plant.

Mumble good grief were do we get them from, Frank.

Troughs for tomatoes.

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 12:58

Brickman, fill the trough with compost. Those pots should then fit in the top of the trough, set one plant to a pot filling just halfway, three shoult fit nicely though two would be better. Water the trough and keep the pots just damp, providing the holes in the pot are big enough the roots grow through. As the plants grow top up the pots with fresh compost for extra feed though tomato feed will still be needed.

I grow my tomto's in twelve inch pots on a gravel bed that holds water, never failed in thirty five years where some around have lost the crop, careful feeding watching the watering and making sure of an ambient temperature takes time but worth it.


Bumpy grass

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 12:34

Monica, you need a bag of washed sand and a bag of decent compost, mix as much sand and compost in equal parts that you need. Throw shovel fulls in a sweeping movement across the lawn and then with a bass broom or the hardest broom you have sweep it into cracks and hollows. Drag something with a flat edge, abatton or even the back of a rake filling the hollows gradually. This may take several goes over a period of time if the hollows are deep you need the grass to grow through, or even seed it. Even bowling greens got hollows which we filled as described, it worked for us. Good luck,


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