Latest posts by Palaisglide

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.


Hello smart people

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:35

Dee All plant matter is nutritious in its own way depending on how long it takes to morph into a product that will enrich the soil. Your spent compost put on your beds (garden not sleeping) will be drawn down by the worms and having passed through them in the normal way becomes a lovely feed for the soil. Bought Compost is normally ready for new plants with feed added after composting although saying that some of the modern compost is suspect, you do not expect to find bits of glass tin plastic and thick twigs in good compost which is why I sieve it then add my own, some bone meal and a handful of granular fertiliser does it for me. John Innes number one is loam (garden soil) with sand and grit mixed that is for seeds and seedlings, I do mix more sand and grit as drainage to stop damping off. JI number two is for potting on seedlings and young plants, a mix of loam compost sand and grit again I add more grit. JI number three is for planting up pots permanently and is a mix of loam compost with nutrients and added fertiliser. Planting straight into the ground you are planting into loam, garden soil that you can give a tonic to by adding some of your own compost, blood fish and bone, or bone meal and a handful of fertiliser which ever floats your boat and always water well for a day or so. That Dee is about the only list you will get and we learn by trial and error (often more error than trial) which kind of soil we have and what will grow well in it, experience is the key which we all learn by making mistakes yet keep on trying, some plants in my garden have been moved up to five times before finding their niche in this world. No body ever said gardening was easy sometimes sitting there with a glass in the sun and perusing your efforts you wonder why you do it, you can always see what wants doing and never what you have done, "oh" well some seed to collect, in the words of the song, "Hey ho hey ho it's off to work we go" thats life.


Hello smart people

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:27

Dee, Always use fresh compost for plants and seeds, as mentioned above all the goodness will be long gone and plants do not come cheap they deserve the best start you can give them. My way is to pot on any thing I buy already growing into a good compost with a slightly bigger pot and it will reward you. I mix my own seed mix as they do not need nutrient to take and push up a stem as a seedling. John Innes seed mix is what I use but mix it, one third JI one third washed sand and one third small grit. Once the seedling has its two leaves I pot on, one half JI one half sand and grit mixed, as it gets a good root then pot on into good clean compost. The old compost goes in my Compost Heap and in time becomes a good friable compost for adding to pots or planting holes as you plant up beds.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 10:27

Sunny warm morning here in Stockton, it gives you a nice glow although that could be down to the porridge and fresh Raspberries I had for breakfast, definitely one of my most favourite fruits. That is along with Victoria Plums William Pears and Hazel pears. There is a Hazel pear tree in the hedge across the fields from me, the kids today have no idea what they are or how good to eat, what a pity, more for me. As a lad we had three Victoria plums on the garden walls a William Pear and a Cooking pear on another wall. There were Apples, Hazel pears and fruit bushes in the orchard, a lot of time was spent bottling fruit or making jam for winter though the Victoria plums got eaten as they ripened. We walked the hedgerows picking brambles, rose hips and there was a small yellow plum tree near us they tasted wonderful. In winter we were never short of fruit pies for tea as there was a cool larder full of bottles and sell by dates???? they were not invented back then.


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