Latest posts by Palaisglide

Quickest way to raise peonies from seeds please

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 11:06

Hostafan, unlike the young today I was taught patience, if it is worth having it is worth waiting for. Gardening was always that way, you plant a spling for your children not yourself with plants you sow or plant progresively. That should be Sapling, my i pad is acting up.

We plan for years ahead, watch wait and enjoy when it all comes to fruition, I blame those b---- tv make over programmes, instant everything, why? What is the joy in that and more important what do you do with the time you saved?


Quickest way to raise peonies from seeds please

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 10:34

Having lived with Paeonia all my long life from a time huge clumps flowered above my head I came to love them although they are the most stubborn plants ever.

Sow seed into pots of seed compost then put in a cold frame in September, the seedlings should be ready to put in a nursery bed by late spring the next year. Leave them for four or five years when they should have a decent root ball and can be put where required. My last planting a cutting of Rubra Plena took seven years from rooting to flower. I have a mix none blue or even near blue and of them all the deep red are my favourite.

When transplanting dig a deep hole and incorparate manure and bone meal, plant so the top of the root ball is level with the soil around it. Mulch away from the root in a circle around it and then wait, it can take up to three years for it to settle and flower again. No quick ways with paeonia i am afraid.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 19:22

Hostofan, I remember being outside the EU, high inflation, shortages, unemployment, the pound being of low value, it was not good for and like today fat cats got fatter. We joined and broke with our old friends causing them misery as they had to find new markets, they managed but would they look on us now with favour? We joined the monitary union and got our fingers burnt, now our pound is making the Euro look weak. My time was all things German were looked on with hatred, all things French dispised, that was the mindset for years after the war, we in voters back then probably thought we could hold the reins instead we got the manure bucket. My problem is I say out but my children and grandchildren are dithering. It is their europe now, I will vote the way they wish to go.

Excuse the typo's my i pad freezes if i try correcting things. Frank

Heavy clay soil

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 15:49

It is all down to hard work, one garden I had got truck loads of manure and grit, waste paper old woollens cardboard and anything else I could lay hands on. After three years as we marched out it was workable for the ones marching in. What got me some plants was digging the clay out just larger than the plant root filling with good compost and grit the planting, they mainly thrived, root vegetables went into raised beds, there after I took soil samples and also carried a compas, thus my South West facing garden with friable soil. You live and learn.


In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 15:37

I voted for in last time and then watched with dismay as our national interests were eaten away. Yes if you join a club then obey the rules though watching others drive tractors through the rules whilst we blindly obeyed stuck in my throat. If we can keep some of our own national traits then it is yes. If Continental farmers continue to flout the rules that are driving our farmers to the wall then it is out. This is not about illegal imigration we have had that since 1066 and before it is about losing our Britishness, it will be make my mind up day when I go to vote and will read watch and study it all well in the meantime.


Potting on seedlings

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 15:20

Pot on singly into a multi tray, one of those with a dozen small sections or pots, the compost needs to be one third compost one third washed sand and one third small grit or vermiculite for drainage. They do not need rich compost until the next pot on or going into the ground. The next pot on will need half compost and the other half a mix of sand and grit, mine at that point go into three inch pots until after the last frost. Treat them like baby's start on milk, wean to solids, then plant out, they thrive in ordinary loam after that.


Jobs in your garden

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 13:21

Verdun, the rats and even the mice up here much prefer a good Cumberland roll of sausage, they even knock on the door and ask for a jug of onion gravy to go with it, you are safe? Not only pensioners with sticks, I have been rammed with shopping trolley's pushed by young women who never seem to have one free second in thier diaries. Three times since Christmas and that is only the ones that hurt, last time I turned and saw a woman with drawn face a thousand yard look in her eye's a bawling youngster in the trolly and obviously elsewhere, she did not even say sorry just scurried away. Why has life for them got so miserable I ask?


Jobs in your garden

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 12:10

Warmth, air, damp but not wet and turn every few weeks is the secret. My home built wooden boxes against a brick wall and where they get some sun will give me usable compost in three months summer six months winter, the brick wall takes in heat and gives it back in cooler periods. The boxes are an inch off the ground with wire mesh to stop rodents. Start with twiggy branches to keep the air gap then build up in thin layers, spray each layer as you go, damp not wet, add either a handful of granular fertiliser now and then or gentlemans water after a good night out, I keep an old milk bottle in the garage topping up as the need takes me. My boxes have lids lift them and give the top a good toss with a fork. It all gets tossed into a wheel barrow shuffled around and tossed back to get plenty of air mixed in, the bacteria need air as much as we do, damp as you go cover and leave to do its magic. Good compost will be dark crumbly and smell sweet, there may be the odd twig it matters not, if you want it for potting sift it.


To Grit or not to Grit- that is the question

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 13:56

If using plant saucers then do not add drainage to the pot, the soil at the base of the pot acts like a wick and will take up the moisture in the saucer. Adding grit to the soil in the pots allows free drainage through the soil from the top plus some air, the roots of any plants in pots will find the moisture often appearing in the saucer if left. My way is add drainage if the pots stand directly on soil do not add if pot is on a saucer. This all depends on the plant, is it a water lover or does it like well drained soil. That is the art of gardening, giving plants the conditions they need.


Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 12:26

Topbird, always enjoyed everything I did otherwise why do it? At my age make life fun or vegitate. The Lady over the back would embarass me sunbathing in the nude!!! Not a pretty sight, building a trellis on the fence and covering it with climbers helped though finding something to do out front helped. She moved and we got a lovely Lady gardener and we spent time talking over the fence until Joan came and belted me with a pan? Oh well gardening is still fun.


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