Latest posts by Palaisglide

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 10:05

I do know there is garden all round the bungalow though at the moment garden pavement road are as one, several inches of snow making it so. Gardening nil snow clearing several cups of bovril later wins. We in the NE never sow or plant early, patience is definitely a virtue here.


Tomato variety

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 10:51

Grown gardeners delight as a bush for several years alongside experimental types, the GD are always the sweetest. Some of the small yellows are nice and tangy, amix cooked in a pat of butter salt and pepper on toast with a sprinkle of cheese is food for the gods.


Strawberry plants

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 11:38

The recommended cycle for Strawberries is three years, first year remove flowers and let the plants build a good root, second year fruit, third year fruit, fourth year compost. As an old gardener I know this to be just a guide. Starting my plants back into life at the end of March (NE England) by cleaning the tops removing any broken or old stalks and repotting putting some of the more advanced ones in the greenhouse for an early crop. They are all in pots so I can move them around and keep the snails off them, lifting them onto tables or on top of other pots that way I can turn them daily.

I let the first year fruit, the second year are up to speed and third year always seem tastier do'nt ask me why. I take the runners into pots as soon as they show and last year some fruited in September, they do not look any the worse for it. Fourth year I put aside take any runners then compost them although if they fruit I let them do that first. We gardeners do our own thing after years of experience we live and learn in fact never stop learning. Let your plants flower and fruit it could be your best crop yet.


Reviving a failed compost heap

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 13:19

Working for ICI you saw chemical experiments. All the mens toilets suddenly sprouted lidded buckets with a funnel, we were asked to sluice our man juice into the bucket a task some found imposible do not ask why. I did ask the Labs why only men the reply was women's hormones caused problems where as Uria was easily produced from the mens urine. It is the uria content that fires up the compost, you could just add granular fertiliser at a handful every few inches of layerd material. I did have plenty of well rotted manure from my Son's farm all added to the compost which gave plenty of heat, it also went into hot boxes, another story.

my home made boxes are high so easier to fill a bottle in the garage door shut away from the window, do not wish to frighten the nieghbours do we.


Reviving a failed compost heap

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 14:43

You say you turn it often so it should be alive, put you hand in the centre and feel for heat if none then turn the lot out onto a plastic sheet and start again, it will be partly composted so start adding cardboard straw any thing that will bulk it out. I start with some brushwood in the bottom to let the air in  and build up make sure you have thin layers of grass cuttings well spread. as you build up add some man juice, you can fill a plastic milk jug in the garage with the door closed when you feel the need to go and then sprinkle it with some water on the heap as you fill, not wet not dry damp is what is needed. Lady juice does not work for some reason so it is do it yourself. It is winter and you need heat does it get any sun? my heaps are next to a brick wall they get sun which heats the wall then feeds the heat back, position is essential, a cold damp draughty corner no good, I get compost after six months in winter and three months in summer. Do you have air holes, is it covered, for mine the answer is yes Air, Heat, Some damping as you go, a good mixture of material, and regular turning will give you top class compost, it is a bit of an art, as with all gardening some effort must be put into it.


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 11:20

Awoke this morning to blinding light, strange the bedroom window faces West? Brilliant sun shining off white frost was the answer so gardening nill blood samples two.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:28

That should be BEER trap i have not seen many BEARS around Teesside.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:27

I bought a top line Robinson GH they are well sealed round base and door, once it is full i go in at night and pick off the houdini's of the critters, there are never many though leave them and they would take over. The odd bear trap guards early strawberries which are then attacked by the grandchildren, I sometimes get one but at least can feed off the main beds later.


To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:03

Verdun, in your area last week you needed submarines, up here more like skidoos, I would not swap. Lyn how high up is that?


To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:53

John, I live in Stockton and never prune roses before the end of March, been caught out by the late frost too many times having to cut back again the shrivelled ends, buddelia any time, I take it back to around two feet which means using a saw on some stems. It always comes back to feed the butterflies.


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