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Latest posts by Palaisglide

MOB rants

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 16:24

Rants, sounds more like revenge, did that a few times in the army although it is not the pleasant feeling we expect.
This is a rant, Windmills erected on a lovely bit of coast well within sight of the Promenade that on the three coldest days were incapable of producing electricity because we did not have enough wind.
Green taxes because of our tiny footprint on the world when Germany are to build ten new coal fired power staions China and India using coal by the millions of tons, we are closing ours down with no back up, the rest of the world must think we have totally lost it.
Being an engineer I know the footprint of those large gear boxes filled with oil on top of the windmill towers, if they published the facts they would have mass riots on their hands, we may as well close the Country down now as it will happen sooner than we think, no chatting on laptops then, no electricity.


Early sowing

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 16:00

Gatehill, we have a Nursery just up the road with fields of greenhouses, they produce those solid looking early plants by giving artificial light and moderating the air temperature and it shows in the price they charge.
Here in the North East we wait, sowing early does not give an early start as normal sown seeds catch up and often produce edible stuff at the same time as early seeds. Patience is the best advice to give a gardener and light is often more important than heat, unless you are growing rhubarb.


overgrown border

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 15:49

Nightgarden, most shrubs are dormant so moving them is OK, you may need help as quite a large root ball is best and also heavy. Have a hole dug if moving the shrub then dig well away from the main root where possible if close to another shrub then you may get some damage to both but Nature cures her own. I lift mine for moving onto a large shovel and drag it to position or an old plastic bag but make sure it is strong. If leaving the shrub for a while then wrap the root ball in plastic and water well. Once moved and well watered in (give water for a few days) then it will be ready for Spring as we all are.
Creeping buttercup can be lifted using a small fork, if you ease the soil along the run it can be lifted in clumps but do not put on the compost.
We let chickens run in the garden they do little damage if given enough room, you may need to go looking for the eggs though.
Have fun Frank.

overgrown border

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 14:15

Nightgarden, your instinct is to get stuck in although my experience says wait, take your time. Let the small plants flower and either then put a marker on them or move them in flower to the place you wish them to be, with a good root ball they will be OK.
You will then have space to work on the larger project of cleaning the ground digging it over and giving feed.
You will also have room to move some of the marked plants along, clump them up into a scheme or divide and spread them. The other way is to discard some of the plants if you wish and plant new ones.
Do all this a bit at a time, clean small areas dig over and fertilise or mulch working along or even in parts of the border, as Rosa said tackle the shrubs first to give space then spend some time on your knees getting rid of the weed.
It will take time though you will have plenty to look at whilst you do it otherwise a full removal and renovation will take much time and effort, you want it to evolve not vanish then appear as something entirely different.
Doing it slowly  seeing what is there by letting it flower gives you chance to view the whole border and then move plants for colour or effect, it also gives you time to sit and plan or just look without feeling you should be at it every spare hour.
One bit of advice I would give is after last years wash out, the soil will be hungry, a really good granular feed and mulch will put life back into the ground and gives the coming plants a boost, we all need a tonic after last year, my personal one comes from Scotland.
Good luck Frank.

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Posted: 26/02/2013 at 11:38

Bunny, fashions come round in regular circles thank goodness and today's children appear to learn manners both at home and school.
In January my Grandchildren came bustling in and both handed me letters thanking me for their Christmas presents plus another from Hannah thanking me for her birthday present in December, hand written embellished with pictures I will treasure them. My Daughter told me it was their own idea so plenty of hope yet.
They also thanked me for the lovely lunch then sort of marred things by asking my Daughter, "why can't we have food like this at home mum"?
Oh well two steps forward and one back is progress.


Feedback to Questions/Answers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:59

Geoff, whinging allowed by a very large majority on this board, let it worry you not.
As for thanks we show our age, the days of thank you, so sorry, can I help are long over as I have found on more than a few occasions when holding a door open for some one to be told I can hold my own B#'=#@--@# doors open, I smile say my pleasure and walk away wishing I had let the door slam back on them. Second thoughts that could be what they want in this sue for a broken finger nail age.
We give our advice, take it or leave it, experience should count but rarely does, that is not our loss, I smile when the old question comes up, "is there an easy way to garden"? Nope.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:42

Stockton today? "err" well challenging. The snow has gone though that ice cold wind direct from Siberia is blasting across the North Sea and up our kilts or trews, depends on your fancy.
Gardening is still two weeks away, mine is tidy but planting into rock solid frozen Tundra is not recommended, when we do start it will be all go.


no whinge gardening!!!!!

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:33

Why would anyone want to kill off the fun bit of gardening, "the good whinge" why else would we do it I ask.
We fight Nature, the weather, the soil, animals various including children plus bugs birds and wind blown disease, what is not to whinge about.
Watch a group of allotmenteers gather for the morning cup of tea and listen in, "why did you bring fig biscuits instead of chocky bourbons, do you want me to manure all the gardens or something"? Whats with cutting the custard slices in half Ellen, what do you mean they are easier to eat, who wants easy I like custard and white cream stuck all round my mouth.
We all keep diaries of a sort, 7th Jan planted seeds, two weeks of winter as we get up North. 7th Feb re-planted seeds as we had some sun, two weeks of winter etc. 7th March finally planted seeds, worked out that with heat etc it cost £50 for that pan of peas good whinge coming on.
It also gets other things out of the system, Wife wanting third new kitchen in five years and never cooked an egg in any of them. kids wanting to go to Disneyland, not the cheap one but California, yikes.
A whinge is our boiler safety valve we let off steam in the place we are usually alone with the bees buzzing around agreeing with us, the scent of Lavender around us and the sun glinting off the glass in our hands, what is not to like about a good whinge.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:11

Stockton had snow again last night, i have white lawns car and greenhouse roof plus nice white bushes. 2C so it should move on.
Looked across the valley to Rain's Hills and it all looks very purple so not good news for Rain.
Chicken in the oven with home made stuffing and streaky bacon on the breast, lunch will be 13:15 hours, i am running a little late.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:06

Stockton awoke this morning to nine inches of snow and still falling, it has stopped now and is slowly melting although it looks very much like more on the way.
It is cold enough out there to freeze the wheels of your zimmer frame.


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