Latest posts by Palaisglide

Stock cubes

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:53

Salt gets a bad name yet we cannot live without it, for two years in the Middle East we had a daily ration of salt tablets as well as the Mepokrin, it was classed as self inflicted wounds if you became ill due to salt shortage. It took a week of daily rubbing to salt a side of bacon or a ham and that crisp salt bacon was my breakfast every day plus fried bread, why am I still here? 

Sodium Chloride or Halite as we knew it at ICI is either brine washed up from salt rock laid down millions of years ago or mined from those same rock deposits. Dried sea salt is exactly the same and all of it has additives, they make it free flowing also having natural fluoride more is often added plus iodine show me so called pure salt and I fall about laughing. Bacon and hams are pressure salted to speed up the process as the old methods took too long, the difference being a pan full of water or crisp salty bacon depends on natural cure or t'other one.

all stock cubes have added salt, my stock pan often gets some neck of mutton in with the veg, cooled sieved and put in the freezer you are never short of stock and the mutton makes lovely soup. "Oh" and all your gravy granules are mainly salt with flavourings, I worked in Cerebos and saw it all.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:19

David, we are what we were in our youth, mine was dance music, Henry Hall, Glen Miller, all the big bands even Victor Sylvester of course the classical music I played on piano. The modern stuff never struck a chord with me though my Daughters made my ears ache with it. My gardening was often the only way to escape the cacophony gardening in the dark on cold winter nights not recommended .

The halcyon days we are having in the NE these last weeks, sitting in the sun listening to gentle country style music, U tube has masses of music so choice, what gets posted on here is not doing it for me. The old top of the pops that BBC have been pushing lately show me why I do not like it.

Morning in the garden potting on, nice sunshine cold wind, penalty for living next to the North Sea.


Stock cubes

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:01

Some what baffled, all my left over veg goes into a pan with a pack of bacon bits and simmers (you can leave out the bacon) cooled drained then put in small containers there is always stock for soups mince or what ever, never tried it in rice pudding yet.

As a lad no fridges or freezers we used lots of salt to dry cure bacon pork ham, mother bottled made chutney and jam even preserving eggs ( hens awkward things that they are laid in season) They stock pot ran all week, who needed cubes.


One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 15:19

Anyone tried the central locking button, keeps them all out.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:08

Hi David, still living your wild child days then musically, yesterday setting my tomato's into their main pots in the green house, we are weeks behind you, it was Isla Grant Irish folk singer from Scotland, she sings my song, The old accordion man. Still have it and it's many memories of fairly staid parties, sometimes? 

The garden is now into the Tulip stage with the Muscari popping up in places I never planted it, shrubs are in flower and the Duetsia ready to give its snowball effect. After last years little glitch we are back on course.


Soiled soil?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:27

Welcome Laura, you will find the people on here friendly and forthcoming with advice. Cats sorry but this is an ongoing question to which there seems to be no permanent answer, my way was to get a Westie, he saw them off. The lawn, if you cannot see any mess then it was probably cleaned up. The weather is dry so walking on the lawn will not harm it. A sprinkler hose used a couple of times a week will wash anything lingering down. Cut the grass not too low several times and use a feed and weed fertilise, if the weather is dry wash it in with a hose, wait six weeks and do it again.

The muddy patch may need investigation, normally a hedge will suck up moisture and leave it dry so something not right. Sit in you garden and watch the sun, where does it rise, which way does it move, where does it set. Are there any shaded bits from the house trees or that hedge. You need to know for future planting.

A quick way to get colour is using pots or containers, a couple of bags of compost, some bedding plants, fill a pot and place in your eye line from the house or sitting area.

Neighbours? Not much you can do about them apart from make friends and discuss mutual problems. Half the complaints on the board are about neighbours. Good luck do not be afraid to ask.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

Steve, there are no right or wrong ways in gardening, what works for one will not for others. We learn what works over time, show me a gardener who never made a mistake I will show you a liar. Over sixty years man and boy taught by a real gardener you get to know your methods, and tend to stick to them. I hot compost having the room and place in full sun to make it work, probably why there is no need to sterilise.

If it is working for you stick with it and good luck.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:31

Steve, in all my years of gardening you are the first to say you have too much soil, my experience from a small holding during wartime to now is never enough. 30 odd years of mulch and old potting compost have not raised my beds very much, the raised beds I made seemed to drain soil, they were always being topped up. Dad only sterilised soil for seed trays, ordinary garden soil in a bucket sitting on the greenhouse stove, it worked.

Using a lot of pots containers and trays there is plenty of old compost so next to the compost boxes there is an area it gets dumped mixed with some of my compost and bone meal then left to weather and the worms, it becomes the base compost for pots after sitting around resting a couple of years.

Guess we all have our own ways and who is to say they are wrong, good luck with what you decide.


Sterilising and re-using potting compost

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:01

Why sterilise potting compost? I sterilise seed compost if there is no fresh to use, seed compost does not need a lot of nutrient , in fact seeds will set in washed sand then pot on to a compost with nutrient.

Old potting compost gets spread on the beds as a mulch as the nutrients are used up, fresh compost mixed with grit is then used to repot plants with a hand full of home made compost, some bone meal and depending on the plant some granular fertiliser. Using old potting soil over and over seems like false economy, we want  plants to thrive, they are often expensive both in cost and labour so why chance it.

Soil is full of microbes that help in breaking down the soil excreting nutrients and in some cases symbiosis with the plant roots, do you really want to kill them off?


harden off before move to greenhouse?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:24

Greenhouse automatic vents work by an expanding gas or viscous oil being heated and pushing a piston up a tube connected to the vent thus pushing it open. As it cools the piston drops back closing the vent. Think of your thermometer rising and falling, stick a rod on the end and you could open anything. Without power then you need to keep a check, my way is open the door and vents early morning, better a bit cool than overheating.

Your greenhouse should now be warm enough to set most seeds. Put a clear cover over the tray or plastic bag over a pot, as I said above light is more important than heat.


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