Latest posts by Palaisglide

Pears, picking

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:25

Pears should be thinned in August, leave one fruit on a cluster if the crop is very heavy or two fruit if it is light. Pick as soon as you see a change in skin colour, lift and twist the fruit it should come away easily then will take a day or two to ripen, if the stalk twists and breaks then leave for a few days. The fruits will all ripen at different times so you pick as they change colour. If left to ripen on the tree the centre will start to go brown. One other thing Pears like Nitrogen fertiliser so in spring put down a mulch containing some granular fertiliser around the base of the tree not touching the trunk, pruning is normally done about now too.


Planting beds in a greenhouse

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:03

It is all a matter of your own experience. After a year worse than this one many moons ago most people around me lost their tomato's to blight, we all had them in beds and the only one not infected was the chap who grew them in pots. Out went the beds in came the pots and all these years since have never had blight, that of course could be down to other things although there was blight around two years ago. The idea of the gravel bed is water holds in it and the area around the pots sitting on the gravel has a higher moisture level. I can get more pots on the bed than if it was a soil bed and plants can be moved around easily. My way with the pots is use twelve inch ones and plant half way down the pot, top up the pot with fresh compost every couple of weeks and then start feeding with Tomorite or some such, always had a good crop of fruit and as I said earlier no more blight.

That is what gardening is about experimenting until you find the best way for you then stick to it. When I had a soil bed it had to be dug out every couple of years and refilled to ensure no soil  held infections  that was OK when I had an acre but no good when we had a normal size garden and buying bags of potting soil can get expensive. I pass on advice as to what I found over many years and that is all it is advice, scoff at it or use it that is entirely up to the reader.


Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:42

Was sitting in my Daughters Summer house lunching today, nice and warm and the breeze blowing the grasses in her garden every which way, must admit it all looked very nice as they shimmered and danced to the music of birds bees and lawnmowers. A Blackbird hopped to the door obviously looking for a bite of my salad, she got a bit of the jam tart later.

Question how do you get a hangover eating oggies and scones lathered with cream and jam, I never found the beer strong enough.


Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:32

All very well Verdun but tell me how do you mow them when you want to play football?

P.P. A reed bed maybe? you could thatch your roof.


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Planting beds in a greenhouse

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 15:02

Having had several GH's over the years I found the best way was forget inside beds. Digging the south side out laying a membrane then covering with pea gravel to a depth of six inches gave me a surface that could be watered and hold the water. Putting tomato's peppers and other plants in pots on that surface allowed more plants at floor level and when the growing season was done a staging put in the space for pots that needed some frost guard, alpines and such with space under the staging for overwintering other plants. On the north side a permanent staging for small plants, cherry tomato's seedlings etc. Also on that staging a heated sand box for seeds with shelves above the box to lift potted on seedlings still needing some warmth the whole having a curtain of bubble wrap around it to keep the heat in. All my storage is in the garage and my potting table can be inside or out depending on weather, I do not clutter up valuable GH space trying to do the potting and such in there. You will find your own way and it depends on what other space you have for working with your plants although you will find no GH is ever big enough for your needs. Hope this helps.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 09:49

Stockton very dull when I got out of bed though getting brighter by the minute now. Aym you can have some of the rain we have had, it had rained solidly before St Swithin was invented. Sun poking its nose out of the clouds to see if it is OK to shine.


Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:12

Right T.F. Do nothing for seven to ten days, let the grass get some new growth. Then rake it over which will lift some of the thatch and moss.  If you have the energy and time use your garden fork and walk up and down the lawn prodding it as deep as you can manage. Now mix some fine compost with washed sand about 50-50 and throw it in shovelfuls across the lawn, with a stiff brush, as stiff as possible sweep it across the lawn, it will go down the holes you prodded with the fork helping to aerate the roots. After all that a cup of tea and a bun spread the Feed and Weed Plus Moss Killer as to instructions. Be very careful not to drop big hand fulls anywhere on the lawn, if you do sweep it around as you do with the sand and compost. NOW water it in and I mean water. My way is to tie the hose to my fork and stick it in the ground, if you put it on spray it covers more ground, walk away do something else just returning to move it to another spot until the lawn is well soaked, and that is the secret, plenty of water, not a watering can with a rose, that will not even dampen the grass.You live two hours down the coast from me so your weather will be much the same never too hot or too cold compared with other parts of the UK, our weather is from the North Sea, it tends to be more moderate. Feed and weed will work for us though not for all. Good luck and I am sorry to say lawns are not easy you need to work at it.


Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 13:14

P.P. ever thought of selling peat. Love a well turned ankle "J" it was those that turned my gay carefree bachelor days into a happily married life. Batting my angry way through the smoke filled crowded dance hall after a battle with my then or so I thought girl friend, I spotted a beautiful pair of legs ending in perfect ankles, her back to me so a tap on the shoulder, "care to dance" a yes and never parted again until she was taken from me by illness four years ago. Luckily for me the rest of her matched the ankles and she could dance,things could have been different. It was also lucky in that she did not have a boyfriend, liked me and the way I danced as she had also danced since she was very young. How events can change your life.

Verdun with our Bowling club it was all hands on deck, I was treasurer and also on the committee, the groundsman we had was lackluster and not making a good job of it so we decided we would look after the lawns for the rest of the bowling period until we got a new man. That turned into over twenty years of do it yourself, we were regularly  congratulated on the standard of the sward, it was only when Joan took ill I packed it up. We had many experts in from grounds around the area and each gave differing advice so we worked out over many cups of tea in the greens cabin how best to do the job and trying to do it the cheapest way was soon out of the window. I was a good treasurer we had money so bought the best, our machines were old but kept in tip top condition by the mechanics among us, it all showed in the number of trophies we won. Many local firms held annual events on our lawns watched by us lawn keepers gritting our teeth at the way some of the woods were sent down. I had a gentle word in the ears of those who tried putting dents in our level greens. Any lawn even P.P.'s need loving care though she could try putting out some fish traps.


Filling in a Small Pond

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:43

Was this a lined pond plastic or clay. Does the area around always get boggy or just when you had the pond. If it was a lined pond the water may drain naturally once the liner is removed.

If it is a real damp part of the garden you could have a bog garden good for wild life and in that case you would be able to plant bog loving things in it. If that is not what you want then you need look at draining, that can just mean digging a large hole filling the bottom with gravel and see what difference that makes otherwise it will need a proper drainage system.


Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:33

P.P. Ah "J" the village I lived in as a lad was surrounded by water meadows, the animals fed in them all spring and summer, winter they would flood to about six inches and freeze, we all had clip on ice skates, the whole village would be on those fields in the evening with braziers cooking potato's and chestnuts, a good time being had by all. Now most of those fields are new build estates and they wonder why their lawns are a soggy mess every winter, I could tell them. Dont fight it "J" you will never win unless you raise the level after draining. You could run it back into the Loch.


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