Latest posts by Palaisglide

lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:31

Edenrose, Firstly make it look worse by rolling your sleeves up and giving it a good raking, the grass tends to grow into the thatch of old grass and moss on top so it has to come off, this can go in your compost. Now get a fork and stick it into the lawn about four inches, ram the fork down waggle it a bit and move on a foot apart will do for now. Mix some washed sand with fine compost and scatter on the lawn then with a good hard brush sweep it across the lawn thinly it will fill the holes made with the fork thus aerating the roots. If it rains well and good if not water it, as above it will look like a bomb site but in a couple of weeks be green again then add a feed leave until October and put down a slow release feed and weed, leave over winter, next spring when the grass starts to grow you could do it all again or just add feed and weed, keep the mower blades up a bit, a normal uneven lawn is easily scalped and that is not good.

Hope this helps, Frank.

Dying plants

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:18

Ernie 2, Wash the Salvia with plenty of  water you could take off the burnt leaves. Japanese Anemone takes some killing, mine crept under the fence from next door grows in the worst possible soil and rubble yet thrives. Some of it wandered and it has taken me years to get rid of it so dog wee should have no effect.


creating a new bed

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:59

Hydrangea are not usually grown on in pots for more than a season though it is possible. Prune back to two good pairs of leaves, repot in a larger pot in John Innes compost number 2 or 3 do not add lime then put in a cold frame or sheltered partial shade until they start to grow again. You could plant them into the ground with a short hair cut plenty of humus and a mulch keep well watered for a while.

The rockery get rid of the underlay and any large stones dig over, you can dig in small gravel it adds to the drainage then plant why add more compost apart from a mulch once you have planted the area, it will take time to grow and spread but that is gardening.


spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:21

Charlotte wash dry into pan hot water from kettle some fresh mint bring back to boil turn down to simmer 15 minutes exactly, never fails for me and with a knob of butter who needs anything else.


Soil like dust...

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:15

Hi Zoomer, People put plastic or carpet on the ground to kill the weeds, it does not work if they are there they still come. Can you fork it over and rough sow a green fertiliser, dig that in and leave to over winter, better still well rotted horse manure, I know hard to come by though still out there, my Son has a heap of the stuff. The prep is hard work though worth it in the end and for fruit you will need some compost in the soil and for some fruits good drainage. Try a double dig row just to see what is in there.


Lawn edges

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:28

Do you have a gully, usually around two inches deep and three or four wide, fill it with water and let it soak in then with a very sharp edging tool (half moon shaped) and a long plank redefine the edges. The cutter must be sharp or else you push the soil down. Letting the edges grow  for a while will put roots into the edge making it firmer. If you are using a spade often not sharp enough then you are again compressing the edge instead of a clean cut. A strimmer on its side will also cut an edge but wear goggles doing it.


Forum names

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:36

Now  then Orchid Lady, professional Waltz dancers are the staid ones who do the one two three exactly to the dot. You are being asked to dance by the lad who with his wife managed to dance the whole waltz in the Strauss Dance Halle Vienna on an empty floor when the room was sardine packed. Did they think us part of the show? we were dolled up, or was it the style? Imagine English Hussar in full flow with his lady, we got well and truly applauded when we finished.

Because of the mad rush of Hospital tests the last three weeks my Piano lid has stayed closed, when this is all over I will be back playing and so will you when you get the time, it will come.

Frank, thanks for the charmer bit.

Forum names

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 23:07

Right Orchid Lady get dolled up and we will glide across the dance floor as of old, a stately genteel pastime in my youth, all vanished when Bill Haley invented dancing for six legs uncontrolled arms and no need for a partner. My name explains itself. I have a photo of me doing it in Port Said Leave camp but do not know how to post it, probably a good job.


Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:49

No Verdun they do not fight they send the poor bl###y Infantry to do their fighting by proxy, if they had to fight peace would be signed in hours. Under manned, short of everything is the story of all the none wars, small military actions they called them we did as we were told.

As with most on here I post as a way of passing on my experience hoping people do not make the mistakes I made but they do. A bit of chat on the side does no harm.


Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 11:11

It is David's fault all those gas guzzling motor bikes. We marched out or sneaked out of that area on the Mandate ending, the land grab and the war starting and still going on. Will the same happen with the Scottish vote I ask?

David I have many pictures of me on many bikes from the solid frame BSA dispatch riding bike, Norton, then an AJS the first in the Middle East with telescopic forks but only a 350 engine I could not catch the BSA's on the long Canal Road. Through the years I always had an army bike as personal transport and would shove it in the back of my Rover on long runs. A BSA Gold Star, Norton Featherbed, Another BSA twin then a short lived Triumph with Spring Heel very unstable and the only time I came off, it was icy at the time, the last bike another AJS, six hundred miles round trip every weekend from Aldershot to Stockton and back through Autumn and Winter, that was biking not Café Racing.


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