Latest posts by Palaisglide

I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:48

It all depends on your age. We older posters never heard of centigrade apart from in the Chemistry class, it was Fahrenheit at all times. It was the same for weights, we all knew how many ounces in a pound and what a Ton was, our milk came in Gills Half pints and pints in our own jugs or glass bottles. Money was in pounds shillings and pence and my Mother and Aunts all brilliant cooks actually worked in cups as do the Americans so who had it first I ask.

Suddenly in 1970-ish we had Litres Metres and Kilometres, what on earth were those, When told to take a Convoy of trucks from Hamburg docks to Fallinbostel and it would be so and so Kilometres and hour we all looked dumb and asked how do we do that, our speedometers are in miles per hour??? What we all knew without thinking about it became one big problem. Later in ICI we got drawings with both measurements on them, one set of Isometric drawings would come in old money and one set would be binned with the new stuff we did not understand. It is easy for people brought up on one system to criticise others brought up on different systems. "Oh" and by the way I still measure for myself in feet and inches, it works for me very nicely thank you.


Leaf mould compost

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 14:41

Josusa, I got the drift of your post and it was done in my time by some, not good for the  woodlands. Brought up on smallholdings and farms we always had plenty of compost with horses as well as other animals plus all the green waste that went into the midden to rot down I learned the best ways to make compost. We had masses of trees along the Mill Lane where we lived and it was my job to bag the leaves  up, hession sacks back then and put them in the wire baskets we rotted them down in.

Hot boxes were erected in February and topped with our leaf mould mixed with loam for early strawberries and seed planting plus Dads melons before they went in the greenhouses. Dad was a keen gardener, had to be in war time, "if you cannot eat it or sell it do not grow it" but he had his own favourites. Many of the plants I have are his old favourite Peony, Lily's, Carnations to name a few although Chrysanthemums were too much bother, Dad grew them to show and often won with his.

I pop in to the board now and then when something gets my interest  not too often now though, the old school of gardening appears to have gone to instant everything and I am not instant anything. A good garden is hard work, short cuts mean doing things twice at least but doing it right the second time. I think my time has gone, even my Daughter has laid a plastic lawn for ease of maintenance, I change my will tomorrow.


Last edited: 20 July 2017 14:42:30

Bench renovation

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:39

Josusa, tight pockets mean you look at every option first before trying to get your hands in the pockets. It appears to be a modern trend to buy first and think later we old gardeners in our younger days had to make do and mend, it becomes part of your Genes. I got mine from Dad who fed the extended family out of our smallholding as well as his day job, "tha niver buys what yer can make lad" Not a bad motto when the trend is to spend more on your garden than you do on a mortgage, we call it Daft up here.


Leaf mould compost

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:28

Josusa, no need to scrape the woodland areas though we do have them, I moved on to this area 30 odd years ago and when walking the dog saw the council workmen sweeping up and bagging the leaves on the lane so asked what they did with them, the go to the incinerator but you can take as many bags as you need and I did every year. 


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 12:20

Purplerallim, I learned a long time ago to put everything outside the conservatory from April to September. here in Durham we had temperatures of 24 -28 for nearly five days and another three days this week. You cannot leave the Conservatory wide open at night as you can a green house so better safe than sorry the plants go out.


Greenhouse recommendations please

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:15

I have a Robinson bought at a knock down price at the Great Yorkshire Show 30 odd years ago. It has seen storm and even tempest and never lost a pane of glass when all around lost everything. As good today as it ever was although I did add more vents for the odd hot day we get in the North East.


Bench renovation

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:07

Wooden furniture gets jet washed allowed to dry then oiled, it is still good after 25 years apart from renewing some of the bolts. Why waste money on fancy paints that do not do what it says on the tin, this is the North East even tighter pockets than my mothers Yorkshire.


Leaf mould compost

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:57

There are outlets for Leaf Mould although I have never used any of it so cannot comment, look on line.

Leaf Mould if you have a supply of leaves is the easiest of composts to make. I live on tree lined lanes so have a plentiful supply of leaves. My way is to put the piles of leaves on the drive and run the mower over them to chop them up a bit. Then put them in black bags and wet them, tie the bag but cut holes in the bag in several places and I hide them behind my bushes. Turn the bag over every few weeks making sure the inside is damp not soaked and in one year you will have black gold. You can soon build up to a constant supply by adding bags to your stock. Leaves are Carbon rich as against Nitrogen rich compost, perfect for seed growing or adding to normal compost. If you have room for a compost heap or even three plus your leaf mould you need never buy the so called stuff that passes for bought compost these days.


I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 09:28

Stephieme, Please accept some of the above posts as tongue in cheek, I think you would know you were on a UK thread, my Daughter in Sunnyvale often asks advice then complains when she gets a War and peace size answer. There are of course American Gardening threads and they at times talk to us. Having walked the Malls and Shopping streets in California the people are much as you would find in any UK City though I did find them very helpful and courteous. I do hope your tree thrives.


Leaf mould

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:16

Richard, leaf mould needs air and damp, so yes turn it every few weeks with a fork, make sure it is damp not soaked and cover with a plastic sheet weighed down. It is high in carbon and my way was to put the leaves on the drive and run the mower over them to chop them down a bit for a quicker yield it should only take a year in any case. I used plastic bags filled with leaves damp it cut some holes in the bag for air then put it behind the bushes out of sight remembering to turn the bag over every few weeks and checking it was damp. Being on a country lane with trees along it leaves were easy to come by and as it is a very good additive to compost I collected loads hence the plastic bag method. You have gardening gold in that cage use it well.


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