Latest posts by Palaisglide

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:23

Yup, cleaned and refreshed the strawberries, hungry beasts so they got a feed, nearly took my fingers off snatching at it. Put a topping on the tomato's that gets done often through the season the reason they are only half filled at the start, they are all flowering some on more than one truss. Pots cleaned some cutting back, it was lovely, dull but warm after a sunny morning. Hard work at my age though I only feel it when  stop, that's gardening for you. 


Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 11:39

Vinegar  is certainly chemical, ICI had the Acitic acid plant of which most vinegar is made. They also made the chorine from brine and most household cleaners incorporate it, we are not free from chemicals and never will be. My Farther used a mix of vinegar salt and soap as weed killer although he dug most of them out, do not use it on lawns. You either use chemicals or grow a jungle. There are carcegens everywhere the worst being car exhaust are we who claim to be chemical free willing to start walking? I doubt it, use the correct chemical in the correct manner, wear a mask if needed we all have a choice. Me once chemical free, it did not work now use them sparingly as needed, also weed and feed my lawns three times a year, guilty as charged.


Greenhouse shading

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:52

Having spent hours fixing shading year after year one year I gave it a miss, had the best tomato's ever so gave up doing it. My greenhouse a lean toward South facing has lots of vents, retirement means you can open doors and vents as needed to keep a level oh heat, watering the floor during the hot part of the day plus a couple of buckets of water standing next to the platnts works for me and has done for a lot of years. The shading went in the bin.


Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 11:48

Pretty sure it is going to be Chris, every one is talking about it. At least it will be put to good purpose, a worthy cause.

Obelixx, know Belgium well we went to La Roche En Ardenne many times and toured the area. The strange bit being we were told Belgium was wet, how come we always got sunburned? When I want to upset the greens a run up the coast road to Seaham is relaxing, almost as good as wet legs, I am from Geordy stock Sunderland area are Machems, Geordies Tachems and ne'er the twain shall meet.

Did enjoy Chelsea, never been now will never go but we have TV.


Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:11

Obelixx, nice to be different , Shaun comes from the NE as do I wet legs are part of the joy of living in the best part of the UK. Two years of dry arid desert never a single drop of rain made me realise how lucky we are, home on leave I sat on the village green in pouring rain, soaked happy relaxed, went back to other baking climates and returned to do the same, wet legs, yes, much better than sun parched skin and rationed water.

The planting on Shaun's garden is low meant to be cut back so you take your choice, concrete the lot and have dry legs or have the lovely aroma of herbs and flowers as you get out of the car. You take your choice, here in the NE we wear wellies for best, gardening is open sandals, wet feet? Who cares.


Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:45

Chatsworth is going home and will be the designers last garden at Chelsea. It brought back fond memories of my wife and I walking those paths during our many visits to Chatsworth. Joan loved the place and we did manage one last visit before she died. Ust admit too a lump in my throat when  it was shown. Chris' s garden was my choice. The parking space on Shaun's garden was to the left with low planting under and alongside the parking, the idea being you get out of the car and the plants touch your legs, you get a feel of relaxation from that.


Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:58

It will not be allowed though my vote would go to Shaun the winner of the Chelsea competition. Our area does not have the front garden car park problem we all have drives, some of the older streets of Stockton have lost front gardens to concrete. Needs must though there are plenty of ways to get the car off the road and still have greenery. The garden Shaun created had the Royals interested, in my opinion one of the best.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:15

No, we had hailstones big as golf balls and the wind would make you fly without wings, some thing that usually takes a few tots of Scottish fire water. Feet up a cup of tea and nosing through the posts.


Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:12

Builders take off all the topsoil on a site and sell it leaving just enough to give a thin layer over compacted earth to lay out turf, it does not stand a chance. Verdin is spot on though it would help if you had the time to aerate. I use my fork and push it in to the turf every six inches then throw a mix of washed sand and compost on the lawn brushing it in with a hard broom. Doing that a couple of times gives the grass roots a chance. Eep the mower blade up, I keep mine two lawns at one inch, a weed and feed Autumn and spring keeps them looking good. Good luck. 


Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:12

I hate predictive text? You end up with unreadable posts.


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