Latest posts by Palaisglide

Patchy & Bumpy Grass!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 18:07

Two words Daniel, "Oh Dear" I do wish I could say do A-B-C and it would be fine, no such luck.

Question, is it a new build? If so get them to relay it, if not is money restricted as it could be a long and costly job.

The obvious way is to rip it up and start again, then I would ask do you need all that area as lawn. You could plan a new garden altogether, three different sections with borders properly laid lawn and a play or patio area all with trellis dividers, think three rooms all for differing purposes. It would need you to sit down and watch where the sun rises sets and which area would be best suited for a warm seating area.

All that depends on your likes needs and cash flow although split it could be developed in sections as time and cash allows. It will not be a short or easy project although if you treat it as a project in sections then it will be easier than trying to sort out a battlefield. Talk about it draw up some plans and look at the design sections on the internet, ideas will come.

Best of luck, Frank.

Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 15:34

Jon, that is good, real gardeners never give up, I sometimes wonder if we are sane.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 15:30

John, A couple of squirts of Domestos in half a bucket of water then put the pot or pots in it for ten minutes or so, I can get a lot of three inch pots in half a bucket or one large. Then rinse well and dry, it works for me. Same bucket one squirt of Domestos plus water and then do the midnight snail hunt, the little blighters do not come back from that. Water down the drain and what is left in the bin bags, never fancied eating them myself.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:34

Jon, ordinary domestos is what I use, cannot stand the smell of Jeyes, as long as you rinse the utensils well after. Buy a bag of washed sand and mix your seed compost half and half for now this will reduce the feed potential. The advice to buy some Tomato plants is good it is late for sowing seed, other Veg can be sown in sequence, tomato's need the early summer sun and warmth (if we get any).

You show me a gardener and I will show you some one who has made mistakes, we all do it so worry not. If you cannot move that frame then cover the base in plastic and pebbles if you have any. Not being able to get to your frame during the week is not good, if you cannot train your partner with a whip and chair then remove a glass away from the plants and away from the prevailing wind, that should stop over heating.

Hope this helps Frank.



Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:02

Cler, way too early as yet. If you want them outside then get a stout box cardboard will do put it against a wall and put your potted on plants in there away from cold wind and with some cover from rain, a bit of blanket over the lot at night or even news paper will do and plant out in June. Even then a few sticks around them with a wrap of bubble wrap round the sticks will help. It is rapidly falling temperatures and cold winds that kill outside tomato's.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:53

Jon, that looks a perfectly viable set up to me and your seeds should set OK, Try using John Innes type seed compost, (that by the way is a recipe used by other makes of compost) new compost should be sterile, if not complain, I have and won.

At night if it is cooling fast use blanket or bubble wrap as extra cover and remove next morning when things warm up, those first weeks of effort will pay off in healthy plants.


Lifting Daffodils

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:14

Lulu, Have you got some large boxes or pots, if so put some soil in the pot then lift the Daffodils in clumps put them in the pots in clumps top up with soil water in and moved to where they are not in the way allow to die back in their own time about six weeks.

Once the leaves have gone lift the bulbs dry them and put them in a net bag, I hang them from the garage roof as field mice love them, put them back in the ground early October and enjoy.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:59

Jon, Old compost for seeds is a no-no, seed compost needs to be sterile and old stuff will not be. I have used old compost though steamed it first or at least put it in a bucket and poured boiling water on it, a last minute fix not really recommended.

Seeds need a constant temperature very hard to control without a place to keep an eye on them it varies from 8C to 20 C depends on the seed though most veg will be the lower temperature, they will grow in outside seed beds although not until June in this area the Northeast Ne'er cast a clout till May is out is a truism up here.

Seeds will germinate in sand though my mix is one third sand one third grit and one third sterile compost then at two true leaves pot on to half compost half sand and grit mix, like babies they need to be weaned onto hard food, the old compost could be too rich.

If you have a South facing brick wall that will take in the heat and give it back at night then put your seed trays in a box next to the wall and cover with some rain proof material, you will need to open and close the lid according to temperature.

Without a greenhouse or an inside windowsill it is hard work and as with all gardening worth it in the end. Hope this helps.


Full or partial sun?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:24

Michael, five and a half hours in my book is full sun, light is the essential be it dappled or full. My Herbs recommended in books as full sun and dry soil well drained and not too rich thrive. The soil is dry and the sun is shaded by the house for half the day so are the books wrong no, I have learned over many years what I can grow where and it works, our own experience is what counts. There are plants that need full sun but if we had an overnight frost they do not want early morning sun, that is what kills the plant thawing too quickly. Gardening is the proverbial minefield what works is because your position is right in my case out of the bitter Northerly winds and a brick wall to take in heat and give it back. There will be lots of advice and most of it will be correct for that persons particular garden, we can only take the bits that appertain to our own environment.


Stump Removal

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 17:27

Without the help of a JCB you are in trouble. I had two about that size although they could be left so drilling pouring in root killer then covering was my way, they took five years but did rot down.

You can hire a stump chomper if money is not tight it will reduce the stump to shavings with a lot of effort needed. On the farm we had to use a winch and haulage rope to get stumps that size out of the ground, sorry I cannot give you an easy way, it is just jolly hard work.


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