Latest posts by Palaisglide

Lawn issues

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 15:11

Nicola, Did you lay the lawn or is it new build. If new build they would lay general purpose rolls on thin soil over often clay or rubble and all the above tips would help. If you laid it did you use too fine a mix and also did you scarify the lawn in Autumn.

If a new build then you need to build up the soil and check drainage, Using a rake go over the lawn  lifting any moss or detritus from the top, you will be surprised at what comes off and it can go in the compost bin. Now you need to aerate the lawn with a garden fork pushing the fork into the lawn every few inches, mark the lawn with canes laid out so you know where you have been. You can use a hand Aerator which will remove divets or hire a machine from the DIY shop for a day, that will also remove divets. Now you need a bag of washed sand and one of compost which you may need to riddle then mix the two and scatter on the lawn, using a stiff brush to sweep the mix across the lawn filling the holes, that will allow aeration and drainage as well as feeding the grass roots. I would also use a winter weed and feed though some people prefer not to do that, it is personal choice. leave until spring then cut with the blades up, most people take far too much off the lawn, it needs some grass length to help feed the roots. A spring feed and weed will also help. Hope this helps


Strictly 2014

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 23:44

Whoa up Mike, if you think it a show then expect people of all sexes to dress in show costumes what ever their age, today shopping in tospots I saw at least three men my age dressed in those half leg shorts and funny tops, I would not be seen in them but would defend their rights to wear them. The ladies can wear what they wish if they think it suits them who are we as men to argue.

To me it is a Dance competition and year after year the three top Dancers make it to the top no matter what happens in the run up shows. From week one I said it would be Caroline and Pasha I watch the feet and that girl can dance so enjoy the show up to the last three weeks then enjoy the dance.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 15:54

True Obelixx as I found out dancing on the Continent, the Dutch Tango was a far different beast to the Austrian or Italian Tango being far more staid. In Hamburg it was more the Goucho style, Vienna the continental style we called it more as we see on TV or in films, the thing was the girls could all Tango there would always be a shortage of men, as I said before we had a ball.


Back to the Lecture Hall.

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 13:49

Glad you enjoyed the lecture Mike though it has been on TV science programmes and books written about it. My Father could tell me as a lad what the bugs were what they did and how integrated they were in the gardening cycle so nothing new under the sun as they say. He would plant up saying one row for the bugs one for the birds and two for us, he understood the nature of things, it all got a bit lost in the Lawn Rockery Rose garden era.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 13:40

Better pack my bags, Argentina are in crisis as the large Accordions are not available so people are not learning to play and the TANGO could vanish??? My Hohner needs dusting off and a ticket to Argentina although as ex-army they may not let me in. They do the proper Tango to proper music unlike the mish mash we see on Strictly which is as much a tango as was dried egg to the real thing, it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

I had two Tango partners as a lad poking his nose into the big lads dance halls, one was my teacher at the dance class and the other a much older lady from London whose husband was in the forces. She had learned to tango the real Argentine way which is not how we see the Argentine Tango on TV with all the leg kicks and lifts. It was very intense and believe me a young lad dancing with a partner putting all the emotion into the dance made me sweat, it always ended with her leg up my back and a kiss, can you imagine what the lads said when she finally released me back to them usually red as a beetroot. It was all good training for weekend leave in London and a trip to the Nuffield club Sunday Tea Dance where a lot of the girls from the shows turned up and a couple of them were brilliant tango dancers, I had a ball. Point is would they pay me, I can still play all the old Tango tunes??


Longest lived plant

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:41

"Well" does this count? I have a Peony cutting in my garden that came from Dads Garden, he knew it as a child and it was a mature bush then we think it went into the garden pre 1900 possibly 10-20 years prior so does a cutting count.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 11:39

It is a dance competition for people who dance or I should say danced, a very niche pastime now for proper dancing couples. It is a TV show for the rest hence Judy and Alison still being in the show. I love them both but do not expect to see dancing, Caroline now there you see real dancing, watch the feet.

My own Grandchildren following in Granddad and Nana's footsteps go to ball room dancing classes which have full capacity, they are very good I watch the video's, children dance naturally, my Daughter is also learning  at a dance school and go on Dance cruises or Hotel breaks, I can see the difference between those learning early and those later, not as stiff as Judy but not free and easy either. I do think some of the professional dancers will not be there next year, the young ones are more energetic which seems to be what people want?


Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:04

"Phew" thank goodness Scott has gone and he thought he was good?? Judy, well for some reason the public keep voting her in and it is their choice, when it comes to the bigger show dances then Judy will go as will Alison, she is fun but has come to the end of the line, Asjaz is never going to lift her is he. Still Caroline for me among the men I am turning towards Simon, he is definitely improving.

Well said Dove, some of us do watch the dancing feet and judge from that. Good Dancers through my Dancing life came in all sizes and shapes the best not being the most glamorous and some of the bigger girls very light on their feet. Watch the dancing I say.


Carrot bed

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:09

I grow my carrots in pots that way I can mix a fine compost with washed sand and lift them onto a bench away from low flying carrot fly. Get some bags of washed sand and some bags of compost mix the two together and add to your raised bed, that should do the trick. You could also sow small carrots which to me taste better and do not need such a deep bed. Good luck.


Bonkers weather

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:13

Just in from the garden on a warm sunny 1st November, Bush Fuchsia still in full bloom with the insects making hay while the sun shines. Noticed something odd under an outside bench I had cleaned and put my Strawberries in pots away for the winter, some have flowers on and one a ripening fruit, it is indeed barmy weather in both meanings of the word.

Getting ready for a family party now, may be slightly the worse for wear when I get home.


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