Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 10:28

Stockton Sunny, the Coastal front has absconded to beyond Darlington into the Dales so the slight breeze is from the East though it is quite warm. Two lawns cut and scarified edges trimmed and looking very pristine considering the winter we had. "I know" you are saying my what a busy lad, wrong it was Dennis my lawn man since I had the big "C" event a few years ago, he was a local lad who has worked self employed around here for years so I knew him and his work. He knew I like it one inch long not scalped, feed and weed twice a year and aerating once a year. The front lawn has been down 35 years and as I said pristine the South facing lawn ten years, prepared and laid two weeks before Christmas and never looked back, who says lawns should be set in the Spring? 



Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:23

Verdun An apple dumpling with custard would be more tempting. Had the best will live with my memories thanks.


Lawn removal

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:37

Djames, My son in law just laid a Astro Turf lawn, apart from the fact I will never speak to him again, that is by and by, he had to lift the old lawn ruined by a Lurcher Pup, I said a humane killer would be cheaper. He then put down two dumpy bags of sand and grit to level it, then a membrane and then the Astro Turf which the dog promptly we-heed on. Mind what you buy for a young child or children some of the Turf is soft some burns if you skid on it and some is quite sharp, a local foot ball team took theres up when the players were getting injured. I do believe it is better than it once was but I do ask where does the water go when we have heavy rain?



Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:24

Nanny Beach "Wow" or should that be Bow Wow, is that a picture of your Husband???

Wish him well from one who certainly ain't a toy boy although the lady over the road has me lined up, one problem her hubby is not dead yet, thank goodness, I would not want to spend the rest of my life in jail, she would be impossible to live with.


Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:16

G.D. Do you own half the Island I ask, it looks that way. I can only say what I see and my wooden posts albeit bigger then normal are solid after a very long time. Everything will rot in time including plastic covered mesh, once a small crack appears in the plastic it soon travels. Although they were pressure tanalised I stood them in a barrel of preservative before they were concreted in. In my old house I drilled the base of the posts just above the ground poured oil in and then pushed a plug in to seal the hole. I went there two years later when they could not find a manhole and it was still up. Proper materials good preparation and proper maintenance saves a lot of repeat hard work.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 10:33

Looked out the window and what did I see, clouds nearly touching the ground, Now showered and breakfast sat drinking tea, there is bright sunshine all around.

Thats Stockton for you, a continuous fight between the Coastal front and the inshore one, it is warm though.


Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 10:25

Wayside one side of my garden is a low post and rail four foot six and has been there without problems for nearly twenty years. Buy the best you can afford and maintain it. Keep the bottom off the ground and use mesh or stone to close off the base. You may well keep the dog in but keeping cats out is another matter, the only thing that kept the cats out of my garden was my little Westie he hated cats. 


starting a new garden

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 10:15

Kev, clay can be hard work and you will get many ideas for making it lighter but my way is this. Stop looking at it as one whole section. Decide what you wish to grow. Either buy or grow your own plants and then plant them. Do this as a separate entity. Dig a hole larger and deeper than the pot, put plenty of grit in the base and bring to the correct height with good compost, put the plant in the hole and back fill with a mix of what you dug out and compost mixed then water in.

The idea of making the whole garden friable will take years planting as each separate item takes little time but works as in time the whole garden will get the treatment. A friend of mine lived with solid clay and had a good garden in the end by doing things that way.

For vegetables make a slightly raised bed so that a good compost can be spread on only the sections you need to grow in this will in time become friable as the compost works down into the clay, that is where occasional double digging comes into its own.

For the rest one of the suggestions above is good make a rough green waste mulch, a shredder comes in handy, spread that over the sections not planted up and let the worms do the rest. It is a long term project as is all gardening but killing yourself trying to make the whole area good at the same time will put you off gardening for life. Fancy pots full of flowering plants trays or any container put on the bald sections will give colour and can be moved about mean while your planted up areas will come good given time. Good luck.


Soil-based peat free compost

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 11:30

Hostafan, There are some people in this world who see things from a high pedestal. We must all live this way or the world will end. It has existed for eons and pottered along the same old way until suddenly those people appeared. On the news last night it showed children dying from lack of water and food and the figures are mind blowing, I saw such sights sixty years ago and thought things would be much better, now they are now much worse after Politicians have interfered then left the mess. I wonder how some people can close their eyes to what their so called saving the world from itself can do for so many others.

My time is over having seen fads come and go and nothing really changing for the better I will leave it to the youngsters, when they reach the age I am now things may have got better though I doubt it.

second rant over i will stop now.


Soil-based peat free compost

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 10:17

Hostafan, the answer is that after reducing our peat supply to nil putting people out of work and closing some industries they now import it from Eastern Europe. It is still the best seed medium and the big plant growing firms still use it by the ton. It appears others take advantage of any bans put on and they can manage to circumvent the ban but it costs. 

The result for us gardeners is a very poor type of potting soil from so called green plants where it is heated to higher temperatures than we can manage in our Compost bins then bagged complete with sticks stones plastic and anything else that gets in the mix.

I riddle the compost removing extraneous matter then mix it with washed sand and grit. One third compost one third sand one third grit for seeds. One half compost and one half sand and grit mixed for potting seedlings then two thirds compost and one third sand and grit for potting on, it has worked for me for donkeys years but I much preferred peat it is what I grew up with.

Rant Over.


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