Latest posts by Palaisglide

Frost proofing a greenhouse

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 10:09

Miljee I did away with paraffin years ago for the reason Bob states condensation plus you need to keep the wick short and clean which means trimming it everyday or you go out one day to a sooted up GH.

Screw some Bubble wrap to the wall above the GH roll it down at night with a couple of bricks on the bottom and roll it up each morning, a couple of heavy elastic bands or some string will keep it rolled. My GH is a large leanto so I have electrics and use a fan heater on frost guard, a small area gets bubble wrapped for tender plants and this has worked for many years now. Many plants are hardier than we think and can stand a bit of frost it is fast thawing that causes problems. 


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 09:41

"Got no Mansion, Got no Yacht, still I'm happy with what I've got thats the Sun in the morning and the Moon at night and I'm all right". with apologies to the original song. Stockton has sunshine again and our hill is alive to the sound of  "lawn mowers" most of our locals employ grass cutters who seem to all come on Mondays, believe it there are acres of grass around here.


The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 22:47

Philippa, No you do not want to see the pictures unless you wish to become totally desensitized and pictures will never give the smells that accompany those scenes. Just seeing the destruction in Aleppo has made it normal for people watching the news and that makes it too normal when it should never be normal. Any Forces man or woman will tell you it does all become too normal although I still wake up sometimes with that smell in my nose, nightmares are always lurking and many who served have the syndrome that wrecks their lives. We came back at a time there was no help for such things you either left or continued as usual. I watch the grandchildren playing those war like games where they mow down bodies as if it did not matter, unlike those games in real life once dead you do not get up again. Stay with what we have some scenes will distress you or we cannot show these scenes as they are too graphic, you do not really want to see them.


Olive tree question

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 11:19

It amazes me that anyone would Bonsai an Olive a difficult tree to grow in this country depending on where you live. We had a standard that was very fussy being in a pot we could drag into the shelter of a brick wall during winter months though we lost it in the severe winter a few years back. Yes the knobs look like a canker where branches have been removed and I have to say see nothing attractive about the tree, but then we are all different in our tastes. Nothing much can be done about the knobs without doing more damage. Sorry for the negative answer.



Posted: 02/10/2016 at 11:05

Steve there are quite a few ways of anchoring a greenhouse down, my own is a lean to so fastened to a wall sitting on a brick base, its weight keeps it in place and has worked for thirty years. Some manufacturers make a steel base that anchors to the ground with long pins then build the green house on that, some make a concrete plinth others put down slabs and drill into them although advice should come with the green house.

Like you I had soil inside the greenhouse with a central slab walkway, after five years of changing the soil or topping up, the soil came out a membrane went in and a gravel bed put down. I got twice as many pots in on the bed it held water meaning the moisture level in the greenhouse was high beneficial for the plants and clean. A staging goes in for winter so plants can be overwintered both on the staging and under, a double use of the space. It is all up to you although a phone call or e-mail to the manufacturer of which ever is your choice of greenhouse will get an answer.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 10:45

Stockton a repeat performance of the last few days sunshine, it was warm during the night and we have windows and doors open now a pleasant breeze wafting through. The garden has at last woken up after a cold wet summer on the NE coast, it is again a pleasure to sit out there and take it all in, there are a few odd plants I did not know I had, Daughter must have been busy.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 10:37

"What ever happened to the TANGO" watching both last week and last night the dance announced as a tango was anything but. Len was evidently put off by it all and at times could not find words to discuss the so called Tango's. If you want to see a Tango as we were taught and danced for years look on You Tube, you need the correct musical beat and the correct posture none of which happened, very off putting.

As to the best dance after watching some of the foot work last night I will hold my council until all of them are doing better. As a show yes great, as a dance? a lot to learn. "Oh" and I do not think Ed Balls was the worst offender.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 10:32

"When the blue of the night meets the gold of the day, Sunshine waits for me" again, this is getting to be a regular happening up here in Stockton, eat your heart out Verdun. Porridge and Blue berries again today tomorrow Raspberries, we do live the good life.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 10:13

Sorry you girls North and West but Stockton has sunshine again, could definitely get used to this. The coastal front was directly above when I got up though it vanished into the North Sea post haste when the sun came out. Porridge and Blue Berries this morning so ready for anything although I believe Daughter expecting me for lunch, I do not mean to eat me I mean feed me, sarnies OK but it means forcing cake down again, it's a hard life.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:51

" I look out the window and what do I see, drying up the mist on the lawn,   The old currant bun is shining on me, and all over my home" With apologies to the song coming for to carry me home?? "err" not yet I hope. Yes Stockton bathed in sunshine once more, much more of this and the river Tees will become a brook babbling its way to the sea. The wild water canoe rapid will become a skate park and we will walk to Yarm instead of sailing sedately up river whilst quaffing Champagne. Just a thought.


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