Latest posts by Palaisglide

Troughs for tomatoes.

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 12:58

Brickman, fill the trough with compost. Those pots should then fit in the top of the trough, set one plant to a pot filling just halfway, three shoult fit nicely though two would be better. Water the trough and keep the pots just damp, providing the holes in the pot are big enough the roots grow through. As the plants grow top up the pots with fresh compost for extra feed though tomato feed will still be needed.

I grow my tomto's in twelve inch pots on a gravel bed that holds water, never failed in thirty five years where some around have lost the crop, careful feeding watching the watering and making sure of an ambient temperature takes time but worth it.


Bumpy grass

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 12:34

Monica, you need a bag of washed sand and a bag of decent compost, mix as much sand and compost in equal parts that you need. Throw shovel fulls in a sweeping movement across the lawn and then with a bass broom or the hardest broom you have sweep it into cracks and hollows. Drag something with a flat edge, abatton or even the back of a rake filling the hollows gradually. This may take several goes over a period of time if the hollows are deep you need the grass to grow through, or even seed it. Even bowling greens got hollows which we filled as described, it worked for us. Good luck,


Advice for our garden

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 10:19

Bigbob, you do have a problem the bottom line being the budget, lawns do not come cheap in any form and rectifying that would cost. Watching the new builds around me you see the builder take off all the topsoil down to clay and sell it, part of their spoils. They run all over with machines compacting it even tipping waste cement and rubblsh, then house built you get six inches of soil and rolls of cheap grass, here they also got a shed clothes line and half a dozen paves. Two years later it costs big money to get it all out and done properly.

You can prepare to do it yourself a long job or hard pave the worst area's for now, another way is to cut and turn those turves over then top with good soil and reseed, costly. The best method would be leave it until the budget increases then get some one in to prepare the ground for rolls of good turf.

Sorry I cannot give you a quick fix there isn't one, having helped maintain a bowling green plus my own two lawns knowing the hours of back breaking work needed to renew sections we would all wish for an easier way. Of course you could make the dogs wear welly's.

Good luck Frank.

New Grandson

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:49

Sorry Lynn60 and Ladybird, I read the wrong posting so Congratulations Lynn60.

Commiserations Ladybird I know you are only 21.

Must go to Spec-savers again.


New Grandson

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:46

Ladybird4, Congratulations, my Great Grandson George was born last Wednesday and another Great Grandson due anytime now in Canada, I will see George although the one due will not be back until Christmas.

Depends on the size of your garden, even young trees after 20-30 years will be thirty feet high and thirty feet canopy so you need to work it out. Apart from Olive trees I have nothing in my books to go with Ollie, Olive trees will grow here but are drab looking. Why not a fruit tree which would blossom about now the birthday and give fruit later. They can be trimmed yearly and kept in proportion with the joy of fresh fruit, children love picking fruit and eating it from the tree, well my lot do.

I love Lawsoniana  (Lawson Cypress) for their colour Golden and their shape which can be trimmed and topped to keep it within reason, it does not drop needles nor change colour in winter, I have two, though that is me your choice will differ. What ever you do once in you cannot take it with you should you move, well not without great difficulty so that needs thinking about. Shrubs last for years in pots and they can be moved on with you. My advice, stop think and choose carefully.


Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 23:15

Daniel, reverted back to the laptop from the I-pad and it has solved all the problems, the PM's now come up and messages go, must be an Apple problem not the first by any means.

Now been all over the site used the buttons and find it easy which at my age is really something, roaming around I.T. and making things work still gives me a big thrill just as any new knowledge ever did. Who ever said you cannot teach an old dog new tricks? well they were wrong.

Iron out the odd wobble and you are on a winner.


Your new-look forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 10:38

Daniel, Coming back on here yesterday after a long absence it all appeared very strange indeed. Being a retired engineer the way foward is investigate which I did. The format is much better also much clearer, there was no problem finding the way through the various formats. Adverts, well you have to make it pay, they also amuse me in the things gardeners of today nee which we did not 60 or more years ago. Problems with a new project? Well who does not have that to worry about, we work at it.

Main comment I like it, main problem you tell me I have a PM so a reply is written the will not post. I work off an apple I pad though admit to not trying the laptop to reply as yet.


Excuse the typo's the pad refuses to let me go back, something else I am working on.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 12:30

Glad the connection was made "J" though obviously not the PM I tried to send, that was more personal. Some of us long time posters have been friends over many years, my thoughts are often with them though once I clocked out it had to be total, it is far too easy to be drawn back into the wrangling.

Oops bells going off lunch must progress.

Regards to all, Frank.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 11:36

Plant Pauper, I answered your PM but it refused to go. I left after a discussion about wood ash, people explain a problem we reply using our own experience, they can use the knowledge, ignore it completely or do a mix and match. Some one came in from stage left with their own arguments and my thoughts were this I do not need so left and never looked until today. Shock horror what on earth happened?

A Staff member could probably get this to Plant Pauper although my communications appear OK my message would not go.

You asked, today itis leg of pork with all the trimmings, last weeks Yorkshire puds came out so high climbing ropes were needed to cut it, the onion gravy was being spooned up they thought it was soup.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 23:44

On this forum Redwing it has always been the case that one subject led to another, many lessons are learn't  by that diversity, so it comes down to freedom of speech, we all express our opinions as you have done on this thread. Let us now call it a day as ninety percent of the posters will not have wood ash therefore the discussion is irrelevant to most.


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