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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:26

John, yes as I like keeping buckets of water in my greenhouse to warm and put on the young plants also to gas off, we have very soft water here and I find it better to use tap water than the chemical rain that falls and fills the water butts.

Dovefromabove "Missed" I doubt it, there were those who thought my old fashioned ways well outmoded, years of learning and hard work are not swept aside by modern very expensive methods that usually do not have the success expected, double digging still has its place.

Thank you for the welcome anyway, nice to know you have friends.

Regards Frank.

acer mapel

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:09

The sap will be rising now so best left until October November.

Anything can be moved as we see at Chelsea, fully grown trees are often on show though cranes are needed.

Your Acer can be moved and the advice is always the same.

As big a root ball as you can get or handle, wrap it in plastic then move it to a prepared hole. Make sure it is well set in and water very well to settle the soil around the root. It will need staking for a year to let it bite into the ground. A bucket of water every day for a week and five minutes on the prayer mat should see it OK.

Good luck Frank.

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 11:16

Tomato's need minimum 10C and maximum 20-30C, depends on where you are really, here on the North East Coast one foot in the sea it is still a bit early unless you have heat in the green house or as I have a sand box with heating.

Place young plants which should be in 4inch pots in a warm area of the green house at floor level, often ten degrees warmer than higher up, cover with fleece at night and take that off in the morning, "I know hard work" a minute or two in the greenhouse before going to work and after sooths and brings you down from the tensions of work.

In my case a sand box with warming cables and thermostat means you do not have to waste heat on the whole greenhouse and shelves above the sand box means you can lift the plants above the heat whilst starting more in the sand, I surround it with bubble wrap to keep the heat in.

Once the plants are in the 12 inch pots on the floor a minimum heat frost guard keeps them happy, heating is costly and wasteful so use fleece or bubble wrap to contain the heat that builds up during the day. Ventilation is also very important.


rhododendron needs moving

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:52

Paul, sounds as if you do have any choice, if the drive is going it becomes move it or lose it.

Old Rhododendron can be cut back to around two feet from the ground, then dig around it well out from the roots taking as big a root ball as possible or you can manage, wrap it in plastic and tie whilst moving and preparing the new spot, keep damp.

The root ball can be lightly trimmed, make sure you add some acidic soil, they do not like alkaline or neutral soil, replant and wait, it could be a couple of years or more before it settles and flowers.

Good luck, Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:31

Stockton fairly bright warm and muggy, the sun has just appeared shining through the south facing windows.
Nice surprise today the Peony's have flowered, the dark red one is underpinned with the Cranes Bill and is a complete picture. The Pink one is next to a Deutzia which is in full bloom with white flowers all next to a neatly trimmed Golden Privet stand alone shrub, a cloud of mixed colours, sorry i do not use colour cards.
Had my own strawberry's for tea last night and what was left in my porridge this morning, "ain't life lovely" well I think so.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:03

Woodgreen, REME was formed in 1942 before that it was Royal Engineers, RASC, RAOC, and RA who all had their own mechanical sections. The desert war made them realise a different set up was required to keep everything rolling mainly the Armour. I was always armour from being forcibly transferred from the DLI to REME, kicking and screaming I may say as I wanted nothing to do with those scruffy grease monkeys. I suppose it was bl###y mindedness that made me get stuck in and reach ASM/ WO1.
During Suez I did serve briefly with a dock petrol supply company but they wanted me back with the Armour.

The sun shone all day in Stockton my washing dried on the line, the weeds and a nest of snails died a horrible death, they ate my string beans, the mint got divided into another bucket, I love mint sauce and the insects had a field day on the Cranes Bill and other plants, life at the moment is lovely.


Forum names

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 12:56

"Ah" Katie Jane, dreams, when I retired I said it would be nice to live beside the sea Saltburn Whitby scarborough? Joan looked at me in horror and said "what leave all our friends and family? move to where we are not known"? and about that time some friends who had moved to Devon came back home. They had moved into a village and sharp realised they would be out-comers for the rest of their lives and gave up.
Our dreams can become nightmares more so if a partner becomes ill or worse.

For a long time I thought Verdun was a Lady bird and by some of the posts a fiesty one at that, being male explains it all we are just blunt.
Oh well washing to hang out so must fly.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 09:53

Woodgreen, way back as I went back to the REME school in the 50-60-70's
Looking on Google, Martinique Barracks are long gone and the REME school a shadow of its former self.

Stockton today is brilliant sunshine with a mix of puffy white and a little blackish cloud.
My Cranes Bill was a swarm of bees all busy feeding, it is quite a large clump and needs thinning, around a large peony, they usually flower together and it is just happening, I have the deep red Peony surrounded by the purple blue Cranes Bill quite a sight.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 23:43

Woodgreen, Hampshire once got way too hot for me, spent a week putting heath fires out and it nearly got me, never knew how fast a flash fire could travel.
Bordon and surrounds were my stamping grounds once a huge military base.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 17:26

Stockton yesterday, massive storms, water running down roads like rivers and as usual some local floods, glad I live on top of a hill.
Today sunshine and warm, now a lovely evening. Ate my first strawberriy's wonderful sharp taste makes your mouth water for more.
The bushes had a hair cut some weeding and general clear up feel satisfied so will go sit awhile outside, enjoy it whilst we can.


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