Latest posts by Palaisglide

How can we improve drainage & prevent a bog (photos)

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 10:14

Sorry Hogweed it has worked for me for thirty five years. We were new build and the usual compacted pan with brick clay under the area, they actually had brickworks in the area then. The eight inches of topsoil (we got more then now they get four inches) then the rolls of lawn we got better quality as it was the show house. Heavy rain and water lay so down I went, the neighbour asked if I was burrying my wife, in with hard core then gravel and put some good soil back. No other drains and no more standing water now no back lawn there were three now down to two. I only speak of what worked for me over many years in different gardens, it may not work for all and I do tell them that when asked for advice.


How can we improve drainage & prevent a bog (photos)

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 16:00

I know people who would kill for that soil, Bob is correct it has been compacted by the slate or whatever it was topped with. You cannot do very much before Spring and that hole looks dry to me  if it was high water table it would have water in it so leave the hole for now and keep checking it until the weather warms up enough to do some serious work. A perfect lawn is built up in layers of hardcore for drainage then six inches with plenty of grit, ten inches of topsoil then seeded. That of course after raking in some washed sand and doing the gardeners soft shoe shuffle to create a pan for the seed.

A quicker and cheaper method is keep an eye on that hole for a while see what happens in heavy rain then do what I did, dig a sump at one end lay in rubble, old broken brick and gravel about 18 inches to 24 inches deep then fill in with soil. I double dug my patch although a hired rotavator would do a reasonable job, rake and level then compact it with your feet (gardeners shuffle) buy and roll out a medium turf plenty of GC's or Nurseries sell good quality turf rolls then water it every day for a couple of weeks and that means water it well, use a sprinkler ten minutes with a hose is not enough. You should have a manageable  lawn you can sit out on in no time. This is of course my opinion after years of lawns plus helping maintain a bowling green, it is up to you although the more work you put into it the less you need do later.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 10:53

Stockton, blue skies, sunshine, white lawns, icy roads, at least i do not need the lights on as yesterday. Still it was nice, fourteen people eating my sandwiches and cakes, drinking the teapot dry, two dogs and one great grandson sitting on my knee laughing at the dogs and taking an interest in what went on around him. That to a gardener is what really matters, renewal, children grandchildren and great grandchildren with father time sat in the middle planning this years garden. What is not to like I ask?



Posted: 28/01/2017 at 10:15

Twenty one today again?

Happy Birthday Dove.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 09:36

Stockton, dull dour wet cold, the word Winter comes to mind. I think gardening will get a miss tody.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 16:29

Daydaisy. it is best to think of the good times and fun we had together with those friends now gone, Elsie was a dance partner among many. Few boys of my age learned to dance and as I also boxed any comments were made well out of hearing distance. Taking flowers for my late wife passing plots of girls I knew thinking of the fun we had has me smiling lifts the spirit. Innocence was because we knew most dads in our village owned 12 bore shotguns, we would walk back from the dance halls as a crowd, grab a quick kiss before reaching the green where the dads would be waiting, no hanky panky not that we knew what it meant. Did we have the best of it? Knowing the pressures on my Grandchildren I think it was some thing we did not have to worry about, the consequences were too horrific. Those good old days had something going for them it seems, " err" apart from the old tin bath on the back yard wall, fifth in after parents sister the dog and cat was a let down to the ego.


Will a garden get the same amount of sun each year?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:00

I wish. Having a south facing garden two sides, North facing one side and East tother we get to see four differing aspects. We watch the sun get higher in the sky as the days pass to its zenith which is not what I saw in the Desert where the sun rose to a point above where for a brief moment we had no shadow. There you knew the day would be twelves hours long where as our day can be four in the morning to very late evening or eight hours in winter if you are lucky. With a south facing greenhouse if you are away for the day you plan on it being solid sunshine, vents and doors open fans set on a thermostat and the floor damped down. You come home find it was bitter cold and your tomato's leaves are blue. You cannot forecast how much sun you will get in a NE coastal region and never will. The light can be regular the sunlight hit and miss, one day at noon a few years back it was pitch black as a bad storm rolled in. I take what comes. 


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 10:05

Posy, we had a hill pony for the milk trap, a low two wheel cart you got two churns on with room to stand and drive the pony, the big girls were for the heavy work. That pony knew its round, never passed the duck pond without drinking and also knew my mother would have an apple for her in season. Uncle Arthur told me "there are no dumb animals, they have the same feelings as us"  if you watch Spy in the Wild on TV he was right.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 09:55

Stockton on Tees, very cold, Jack Frost has his icy fingers gripping the area, white rooves white grass, in fact white everything. "Oh well" nearly out of January two months to Spring in our N E corner of this Blessed Isle we hope, we have had snow before up to April.

A bit sad read in the local hatched matched dispatched one of my first girl friends had passed on, all of twelve, she was thirteen I got dragged into the bomb damaged old mill at the end of the lane and kissed, well and truly, she told me she loved me. I was in total panic because the behind the bikeshed lore said kissing a girl meant she would have a baby, yikes I ran all the way home and hid for a week. If she had a baby it should be over by then, how innocent we were. She told my wife more than once she kissed me first, women?


Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 14:41

Joice I did not to go far for that smell, we had stables, i helped Dad shovel horse muck and straw through a trap door in the end wall straight into the midden.

My Mothers Uncle was the milkman the dairy farm just up the road we among the first delivery, Uncle Arthur would walk in with a jug of fresh milk for my porridge saying get that down thee lad you will need muscle for "t" tattie picken, Yorkshire born like my Mother.. Dad was from Prudhoe me born in Durham it was like being a linguist even before the Greek Latin and French started.

Holidays I would stay on the farm helping with morning milking, often drank it straight from the bucket, it was filtered and went through the cooler then delivered. Churns with dipping measures for Jill Half and Pint, the ladies brought thier own jugs to the cart. There was a Fordson Tractor but Arthur preferred his horses Suffolk Punch and Cleveland Bay. I loved horses.


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