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Latest posts by Palaisglide

advice on seed compost

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 11:48

Gilly, seeds will germinate in wet sand and all take a different time to germinate and differing heat. A green house or windowsill in full sun can be too much for some that need it cooler and some shade. The main need is good light and moist not wet compost, some will need cover and others not.
Good seed packets will give directions and if not a good book, scour the charity shops you will find masses of them a lot never used, the Royal Horticultural Encyclopedea's being ideal.
I never give up as you can put a pot aside thinking they have failed only to find them pushing up shoots six months later. That is gardening for you, nothing guaranteed and full of surprises, probably why we do it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 11:36

Yesterday was a bit of everything,we left Stockton bathed in sunshine and went off to Helmsley, Pickering Whitby seeing rain, sun, dull, bright and back to Stockton sunshine.

Stockton today bright and sunny, lawns done and dusted, shopping finished and sonny the dog enjoyning the garden in the sun.
Toms are flying up, beans and peas have had more support the Pieris Forest Flame is in full colour with the Tulips as the Daf's and Primroses as last fade away, we seem to be catching up on the lost month.


MOB rants

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 15:58
SwissSue wrote (see)

TT, I think learning to say no comes with a certain age, when you're young you want to please everyone, the older you get the easier it becomes to be selfish and look after No. 1!

Sue, I would say the other way around, the older you get the less materialistic, the less selfish, but probably more outspoken.
I probably say that from a comfortable standing although having money is not the answer to everything.
Young people setting up and hitting money problems must think the world is ending, there seems no way out of the spiral and if they do not have the bank of mum and dad to fall back on as many have these days then what do they do?
Mine have all borrowed one time or another and paid it back when things look up, daughter and Granddaughter came from California for Sundays Wedding helped by dad, happy to do so as it means I see them sooner than usual. Like us they are having to tighten belts, it is Global.
A change of life style may look very attractive until you do it, then reality strikes home, it can cause anger, break up, the destruction of all your hopes. Never happened to me but did to people I know and not nice to watch.
I have at times brought my lot back to ground level clipped their wings and ears when needed but they could have my last half penny if in trouble, that is family, one for all all for one.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:03
Bev Pounsett-Krynauw wrote (see)

Have a lovely day on Sunday Frank. You will probably forget you have a pink tie on.

Will do Bev, I have been ordered to, Girls are made off sugar and spice and all things nice? they forgot to mention the steel frame, iron will, the solid brick wall that goes up when they will not take no for an answer, we just obey, but a PINK tie is pushing it.

Stockton dull start now lovely sunshine and warm, double figures in the greenhouse which is full to bursting, we can still have frosts in this neck of the woods so some comes out and back in at night.

I need new stakes for the Tomato's and today, they are flying up having side shooted them twice already, Ailsa Craig this year the tomato I grew up with and still think the best tasting one, a few Shirley and tumblers as well of course.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 11:02

Stockton started dull now the sun is shining doors and windows open and greenhouse very warm.
You would think the plants in there had never had any set back and the tomato's need stakes already.
Nature heals herself.


Planting Tomato

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 12:30

Italophile, I did wonder but if people ask advice I give it free, maybe we should start charging if we think it a spoof.


soil where does it go

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 12:26

Audrie, worry not, soil will move.
You mix it then put it in the pot or tray and it will be full of air, as you water the seed in and it settles yes it will sink.
I mix my seed mix then fill the pot tray and tap it lightly on the bench to settle it then  top up if needed, scatter the seed and cover lightly with sieved compost or grit.
The compost needs to be porous for the seedlings to push the roots down although some roots can pass through concrete.
Most soil compost will be fibrous and will sink when dry or swell when wet, just keep your pots and trays moist, too much water can kill seedlings.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:29

Zoomer cross dressing is not me although on Sunday I will wear a PINK tie, the first and very last time for as short a time possible whilst trying to keep my wedding breakfast down, Take the photo's now as it is a very short window.
My Daughter is getting married and having got me all sorted out with much reluctance on my part came up with all the men in PINK ties??? Why???
I have a feeling my wedding speech will show "I am not amused" and may need several beers disguised as Champagne to keep me happy.

Stockton fine sunny and warm, greenhouse open both ends and when I finish the wedding speech, remove all the swear words, I will be out there enjoying it.


Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:19

Seed packets would normally have all the information on them although it is often in shorthand speak, Specialists like Sarah probably think you know enough and would be insulted if they offered advice.
I have never soaked seeds or chitted them (sweet peas) there is more guff written about those than anything else, I pop the seeds into deep pots water and leave and that is in spring not midwinter. Once planted out I sow  seed between each plant and they follow on no problem.
Seeds do need differing temperatures and take different times to mature though when I do on occasion buy special seed I read it up first in the RHS Encyclopedias, better safe than sorry.
Seed sold in this country has a lot of different weather patterns to cope with so times and temperatures are often nominal, they cannot win them all.


MOB rants

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 10:03

Mummy MP, Told you that there were friends on here you can pour it out when down and know we listen
The problem with ME is half the doctors do not believe it and the other half have no idea what it is, it is very real yet not much done on the research side. I did see there could soon be a blood test only the patient has to be stressed before it can be taken?
I love my young grandchildren but they go home at night, they could be stressful in larger doses.

"Oh well" a lovely sunny day here greenhouse open both ends and I will be out there after I have written my speech for Daughters Wedding Sunday. She asked if I had written it yet I said yes although when I took out all the bad language it was "Hello goodbye" I can see it now, "he is not going to show us all up!!! again?
Well yes that is what dads do, they bring them back down to earth from their over the rainbow moments and clip their wings and ears if need be.
After my last speech the best man stood up and said "I cannot follow that" and sat down again, there had been a lot of laughter, "err" I do not know if it was with me or at me.


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