Latest posts by Palaisglide

Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:08

Hi David, still living your wild child days then musically, yesterday setting my tomato's into their main pots in the green house, we are weeks behind you, it was Isla Grant Irish folk singer from Scotland, she sings my song, The old accordion man. Still have it and it's many memories of fairly staid parties, sometimes? 

The garden is now into the Tulip stage with the Muscari popping up in places I never planted it, shrubs are in flower and the Duetsia ready to give its snowball effect. After last years little glitch we are back on course.


Soiled soil?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:27

Welcome Laura, you will find the people on here friendly and forthcoming with advice. Cats sorry but this is an ongoing question to which there seems to be no permanent answer, my way was to get a Westie, he saw them off. The lawn, if you cannot see any mess then it was probably cleaned up. The weather is dry so walking on the lawn will not harm it. A sprinkler hose used a couple of times a week will wash anything lingering down. Cut the grass not too low several times and use a feed and weed fertilise, if the weather is dry wash it in with a hose, wait six weeks and do it again.

The muddy patch may need investigation, normally a hedge will suck up moisture and leave it dry so something not right. Sit in you garden and watch the sun, where does it rise, which way does it move, where does it set. Are there any shaded bits from the house trees or that hedge. You need to know for future planting.

A quick way to get colour is using pots or containers, a couple of bags of compost, some bedding plants, fill a pot and place in your eye line from the house or sitting area.

Neighbours? Not much you can do about them apart from make friends and discuss mutual problems. Half the complaints on the board are about neighbours. Good luck do not be afraid to ask.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

Steve, there are no right or wrong ways in gardening, what works for one will not for others. We learn what works over time, show me a gardener who never made a mistake I will show you a liar. Over sixty years man and boy taught by a real gardener you get to know your methods, and tend to stick to them. I hot compost having the room and place in full sun to make it work, probably why there is no need to sterilise.

If it is working for you stick with it and good luck.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:31

Steve, in all my years of gardening you are the first to say you have too much soil, my experience from a small holding during wartime to now is never enough. 30 odd years of mulch and old potting compost have not raised my beds very much, the raised beds I made seemed to drain soil, they were always being topped up. Dad only sterilised soil for seed trays, ordinary garden soil in a bucket sitting on the greenhouse stove, it worked.

Using a lot of pots containers and trays there is plenty of old compost so next to the compost boxes there is an area it gets dumped mixed with some of my compost and bone meal then left to weather and the worms, it becomes the base compost for pots after sitting around resting a couple of years.

Guess we all have our own ways and who is to say they are wrong, good luck with what you decide.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:01

Why sterilise potting compost? I sterilise seed compost if there is no fresh to use, seed compost does not need a lot of nutrient , in fact seeds will set in washed sand then pot on to a compost with nutrient.

Old potting compost gets spread on the beds as a mulch as the nutrients are used up, fresh compost mixed with grit is then used to repot plants with a hand full of home made compost, some bone meal and depending on the plant some granular fertiliser. Using old potting soil over and over seems like false economy, we want  plants to thrive, they are often expensive both in cost and labour so why chance it.

Soil is full of microbes that help in breaking down the soil excreting nutrients and in some cases symbiosis with the plant roots, do you really want to kill them off?


harden off before move to greenhouse?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:24

Greenhouse automatic vents work by an expanding gas or viscous oil being heated and pushing a piston up a tube connected to the vent thus pushing it open. As it cools the piston drops back closing the vent. Think of your thermometer rising and falling, stick a rod on the end and you could open anything. Without power then you need to keep a check, my way is open the door and vents early morning, better a bit cool than overheating.

Your greenhouse should now be warm enough to set most seeds. Put a clear cover over the tray or plastic bag over a pot, as I said above light is more important than heat.


harden off before move to greenhouse?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:36

Keep your greenhouse well ventilated during the day and closed up at night. If there is a cold spell warning some fleece draped over the trays will be enough. Once seed is set the need is for light a greenhouse is far better for all round light than a window sill. I often put trays on the floor of the greenhouse at night it will be a few degrees warmer down there, lift them back on the staging during the day.

Here in the NE, we have had hot days and some cold nights, greenhouse management is a constant job, too hot kills them too cold kills them, sowing little and often is how we do it and a frost guard plus cool air fan helps.

Hope this helps,


Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 15:02

Hi Lily, always around and posted on some of the problem sections, life seems to have gone up in tempo, one big rush. At least the garden is now tidy and ready for planting, life goes on as they say. Listening to some Acordion music reminds me I need to get my own repaired.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:28

Music today is Isla Grant but in the house. It is a sunny day though the east wind is cutting if you venture out. My Primroses are enjoying it the Forsythia taking a battering knocking all the fresh blossom off. Oh well some gentle Irish music will sooth me until it is time to go collect my new car.


bare root peony

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:23

Daisy we are talking about different things. Tree Peony will be grafted, the grafting bulge would need to be at least six inches under the soil. What that does is to encourage the peony to put out roots from its own wood suckers can grow from below the graft, if it roots in time from above the stock then it can stop suckers. Tree peony's need a sheltered sunny spot as the branches can be brittle and break.

The advice given to Kels was for bush peony, if his is also a tree then deep planting would be needed. Hope this sorts things out.


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