Latest posts by Palaisglide

Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:12

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


Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:10

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. 


Is my Japanese maple dying?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 10:20

At my Daughters for lunch yesterday she pointed out the same symptoms on her potted Acer, I told her frost damage. We have had clear skies which means cold temperatures and frost in our area. On examination there is new growth so leave it be and the plant will come back in time. Do not over water, dip your finger in the compost, if it comes out clean then give a good watering then leave.


problem solving

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:02

You appear to be over watering which can hurt plants as much as under watering. As a test dig a square hole, spades  depth, leave to see if it fills with water. My garden has south west aspect one side East t'other side, I need water the south side on a regular basis, push your finger into the soil if it comes out dry then water. The east side never gets watered, there is no need it holds the natural water from rain and the regular sea mists. I do not mulch with anything but compost, this is a soil improver with some goodness to nourish the plants, a long handle hoe sorts out the weeds and gives me a little exercise at the same time, bark by the way will kill the nitrogen in the soil and plants need nitrogen. Try leaving the watering and see what happens. Hope this helps.


Raised Flower Beds

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:35

Who ever said gardening is easy, short cuts and easy ways usually lead to twice the work later, do it once correctly and save your back is my way. Lifted turves can be stacked left to mature and used later. Soil dug out can be cleaned and put back though when I had raised boxes there was plenty of drainage in the base. Fill the box with old compost then top off with good topsoil or compost leaving room to top up or mulch.

gardening will never be easy which is why little and often with a sit in the sun glass in hand is so relaxing, you plan your next project knowing it may well include double digging removing all weeds and probable some building included. Do it right, do it once.


Raised Flower Beds

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:11

Why risk it? cut the turves, lift them  and hide in a corner behind a bush for a year, you will get good seed compost once seived.  When setting up the bed put some drainage in the base before filling. Use old potting compost to fill half the base then good topsoil leaving it low in the bed so you can mulch or top up.


what compost ?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:00

Granma, try my way, seeds will strike in sand as they do not need feed. Buy a bag of JI NUMBER TWO MIX it is loam based, a bag of washed sand and one of small grit. Mix one scoop of sand one of grit and one of JI compost. Sow seed water from below. Pot on with half same JI compost, quarter sand quarter grit, pot on again into ordinary potting compost.

That method has worked for years, no losses and good plants. Since the greens won with no peat compost has been made from all kinds of waste. We do not know what is in it or how it is sorted, I have found plastic glass and what looked like bone in some of it so now serve it. Grit helps drainage and more seeds die from over watering than anything else. Hope this helps.


VE Day

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 19:31

True Barry, everyone was sick of the war, men and women came back took off the uniform and got on with life. If anyone mentioned the war a cry went up "swing the lamps lads" it was frowned on so people kept quiet.

I was in the army after the war ended or so we thought, coming home on leave after two years the lads I had known but not joined up were still school boys. They greeted me with " all right for you swanning about in the sunshine chasing good looking camels" stuck it for a week and went back to my unit early. Those men and women away often for five or more years must have thought returning home an alien world, it would take a lot of getting used to and many never did. The divorce rate went very high in the forties and fifties.


VE Day

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 16:45

Dove, I can imagine your Mum's excitement as she watched the Royals and Winston Churhill on the balcony, we worshiped Winston and Respected the King and Queen for staying with us. We saw it on Pathe  News at the Cinema a few days later.

Thank you for your thoughts Beaus Mum, have been very busy lately getting the garden back after last years little mishap. Believe it or not I got a new kitchen, new TV and new car all within a month, my Daughters obviously shaken at what happened in August told me to lash out, enjoy your money and do Not spend it all on the garden. Watched the ceremony on TV very low key in my opinion but then the modern politico's are too busy apologising for what my generation did. We did not start it, nearly lost it, took years of danger and hardship and won through, apologise, me, not on your nelly.


Fresh new leaves in between rhododendron flowers

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 15:28

Carole, leave it, the only thing you need do is once the flowers have died back pull of the old buds that are left, the old flower in other words. My Rhododendron is an old one planted in earth which needs to be acidic mulching with peat will do you can still get peat though some will jump on me saying it is ruining the planet. I can think of plenty of other things that will ruin the planet faster.

you will need to pot on at some time if there's not room to plant in soil, the best time is just after flowering. They like semi shade Not full sun and last for years, mine is nearly thirty, a slight trim every few years and a mulch once a year is all it needs.


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