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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 23:27

Cement does not set well in cold weather could be best to leave a week, it will warm up, here in the frigid North we have had four days of sun, freezing easterly winds though.
Terracotta should hold the heat in the bricks and feed it back so worth a try.
Good luck send a picture when done.


MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:57
Lyn wrote (see)
Plenty of cat deterents for use in your garden cotty.

None work so I got a lttle Westie, that worked a treat. Benji asked what had happened to his snacks when the cats had gone.


Poetry Thread

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:30

"Whoa" let this not become a battleground a place to vent your spleen
It is supposed to be a gentle place for gardeners who are keen
To tell the story of their war with disease bugs and weeds
Not a place to don your armour and mount your battle steeds
If you have problems with some poster who has a right to speak
Then do it in some private place it is messages you seek.


Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:18

I have Paeonia officinalis Rubra-Plena, the deep red one, grows around three-four feet high needs to be staked well as if flowers May-June and usually when we have high winds that can knock the large flowers down.
My other ones are Paeonia lutea Chromatella yellow again around three feet or a bit more and also needs staking, I only get half the flowers that I get on the Rubra and much as I love them often wonder if they are worth the space they take up.
Plant them in a spot sheltered fro early sun after a frost but then they need sun the rest of the day so south and west facing is good.
Plant them with the crown just clear of the soil or they may not flower, rake in some bone meal and water in well then once a year mulch with well rotted manure if you can get it or good compost, keep the mulch back off the crown, never cover that and spread it well around the plant.
After flowering I dead head them leave the plant alone until spring, books will say cut back the foliage in Autumn when it dies off I found it a good frost guard for the crown so cut it back as spring arrives, a little late this year. I grew up with a bushy shrub of Rubra that was fifty years old when I was a bairn and still going strong 30n years later, I have a cutting of that plant. A position sheltered from the winds is better for them.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:57

Tina, you can spend 24 hours looking out of your window CCTV.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:26

Stockton the first signs of spring now at last we can get started.


Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:24

I take it the new GH will cover the window, will that matter.
White deflects the light yet painting a warmer colour will look odd.
Mine is simply brick so takes in the heat and holds it.
You have plants along the base anyway so a wall would make a good place for pots with probably some cover like a cold frame.
I have to watch the airing of my South facer with extra vents and a fan for frost guard and cooling, easy if you can get electricity as you obviously can.
I would go for the dwarf wall.
Good luck


MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:14

Mother child parking I have used as a Granddad of course for one very simple reason, with two young children in a car you can park one on the pavement in front of the shop whilst getting the other little "err" beauty out, it does help to know where they are.
Out on the open car park always seem to me a bit of a battlefield in fact there were times I would have been safer on one, the school run seems to erupt onto those places where they all fight for the places nearest the door when there are a hundred empty spaces a few yards walk away.
They call it busy mother syndrome, I call it the idiot run, they have the most precious people in their weapons of war and do not appear to care about it. No school run in my day we walked and secondary school was a bus ride. My young Grandson now walks to school, he thinks it naff to ride and even on Swimming Baths day will walk to meet the car, I notice his legs are better for it.


Poetry Thread

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:55

Awakened today out of bed with a swing
Here in the North the first day of Spring
I know in the south Dafs have been and gone
Mine still to flower to fill my heart with song

Now we can set to and sow the seeds
Tackle the odd cheeky errant weed
Get cracking with fork spade and hoe
Prepare the beds ready to go

The seed boxes settled on sand that is warm
A curtain to cover them keep them from harm
Watch for the first shoots soft and green
Of flower some carrot peas and bean

We in the North with our cold easterly breeze
Learn to sit on our hands and take our ease
It means being patient having to wait
Something to be said for flowering late

When the South are all finished a final flush
Our gardens up North are still verdant and lush
With flowers and Veg beautiful fruit to eat
I come to the conclusion the North can't be beat.




Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:31

I have a lean-to green house south facing the brick wall being to the north side. Even with minimum sun that wall takes in heat and gives it back at night, the green house went below freezing for the first time this year and it has been up nearly thirty.
I had a one foot high base wall on the south side as I have gravel beds and glass would have been a problem right to ground level.
You will find your dwarf wall will also take in heat and give it back, will stop accidents with ground level glass and some pots need shade so the wall provides it. Tomato pots behind a wall will stay moist yet the plants get all the light they want so to sum up more ticks for a wall than against, I would have it.
One more thought if you wanted a raised bed in the greenhouse, you already have three sides some wood boarding on the front side and fill it with soil, one raised bed for tomato's or anything you wish, just remember to change some of the soil each future year.


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