Latest posts by Palaisglide

Rotating Beans Yes / No

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:49

From my early years I saw my Father rotate, and I did too when I got my own Gardens. It is over four beds size does not matter 1) Legumes and pods, 2)Alliums (onions) and leeks, 3) Root crops and tubers, 4) Brassicas (all the cabbage family) Kale swedes radishes etc. Each year move one block clockwise. Legumes roots feed Nitrogen into the ground which is why Brassicas move into that bed. It has its faults, four years is not enough to get rid of club root and the way to deal with that is to grow brassicas in pots then transfer the whole pot to the plot setting in a larger hole with some good compost.

These days I grow my Beans and Peas in large containers for ease plus the Grandchildren find them easy to pick and eat fresh. with an allotment rotation would be necessary but small gardens it could be done moving different types into containers of fresh soil. You toss the coin and take your pick, there are no wrong ways in gardening.


Hot composting

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:08

Question? any one else been locked out of the forum this morning, I have just managed to get back.

Hostafan, it is the procuring of the said bodily fluids that make me smile. Get one of those two or four pint plastic milk bottles well washed out then proceed to the garage and shut the door. Stay well away from the window as we do not wish to frighten the neighbours and proceed to empty said body fluids recycled from last nights amber nectar, the top of those bottles being rather small a funnel may be needed, depends on the size and extent of the splash (what else did you think I meant?). place bottle on a top shelf in case some one thinks you are making your own Cider and samples it, you could label it Uric Acid. Mix a cup full to a watering can of water with a rose and as you layer the compost heap sprinkle each layer, damp not soaking is the way. The Urea makes the compost react quicker and enriches it, the ultimate recycling I would say. Sorry Ladies your body fluids for some reason do not work so do not try this at home or even in the garage.



Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:07

I always ask "who said gardening is easy" any gardening including composting, you get out what you put in and with composting turning it out every couple of weeks stirring it and tossing it back will give you compost in three months during the heat of summer six months in winter. A chap near me has some old dust bins he throws everything until full then just leaves it a year later he gets some compost and some stuff to start it off again, if he mixed it now and then it would all compost. We all have our own ways none of them classed as easy depending on expectations.


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:52

Good news, HS3 is to be built in the North as an extension to HS2. Bad news it will not be ready until 2030, is this a bit early to book my Halloween trip? Verdun is supplying the Oggies, Raspberry jam for me in the sweet side.


Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:18

Do not worry about jumping in and etiquette  they all lick their plates on here especially after cake.

Hot Composting happened on the farms and small holdings I lived on as a lad, you piled it high, turned it every couple of weeks, a mix of manure half rotted and anything else, never contained never covered and you could cook potato's in the residual heat. We had a large brick midden outside the stables, the new stuff and straw went in one end and my job would be to move it to the other end when it half rotted, that gave off a lot of heat and was soon spread on the gardens. I have two large compost bins home made of wood with air slots and no bottom. Once empty brushwood is spread at the base then the build up begins, I get heat though not like those large middens, they are sheltered from the wind and in a place they get a lot of sun, turning on a regular basis is essential, remove slats chuck it out into a wheel barrow or onto plastic stir and toss it back sprinkle each layer with water mixed with recycled bodily fluids and you will get good compost. Mine are loose covered so as not to get too wet.

Never heard of your hot composter so cannot comment on them, let us know if they do get up to heat, my recipe has always been Air/ Damping/ A Good mix of ingredients and they will produce heat.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 11:57

It grieves me to see so many people who suffer bad hospital care especially as my own experience this August was so brilliant. The follow up has been equally good so no complaints from me. It was not always so, when my wife was admitted for what turned out to be six weeks the family did 12 hour shifts, she was in a private room and we saw to the feeding and rehydration, they did try to stop us but no one wins when my Amazon Daughters are on the war path. Matron said leave them, what ever they are doing works and she came out something the Consultant had not expected. There have been massive changes in our own Hospital all for the good, time for a round up of the bad Hospitals, a lot less actually than we read about. The Staff are not always in caring mode, they have problems at home they bring to work I think we all did that at times you have to be professional at all times not always easy.


pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:52

Philippa put a big mirror in the bathroom, that way you would see a blossom every time you went in, works for me.


Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:48

No frosts yet the soil still warm, the root ball would be safer in the ground than in a container. You could put the container against a sheltered brick wall, the residual heat from the wall will be a frost guard and cold winds do more damage than anything else, toss a coin on it both ways will work.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:37

By my reckoning the voters had exactly 20 minutes to register? how many lines have they got? how do they manage those who block vote? who counts the vote and apportions it? OK they have to record the Sunday show straight after the dancing surely they could give at least another 15 minutes to vote.

I was shocked though not too surprised having seen it too many times, the good dancers having to leave and the duffers staying, the old argument comes up every year, is it a Dance show or is it just entertainment, you take your pick, to me it is a dance show and I hate those themed carry ons especially Halloween. Just Dance please, the music and spectacle are enough for me who needs gimmicks.


Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:09

I am on my way direct route across country in my tank, that should refurbish a few gardens. Dressed as the wise old FLESH eating Owl, any one for BBQ mouse. My gift will be a load of Newcastle Brown Ale, do not drink the stuff myself since it is made in Gateshead??? A wee drop from the burns o'er yon border, the water of life, why? it puts me to sleep so better enjoy the party first.


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