Latest posts by Palaisglide

lawn help

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:30

The above comments are correct that patch has gone for good. Lawns ( well my lawns) have a good drainage layer followed by a good depth of soil then the turf. You could cover it now until spring, old carpet, black plastic, anything excluding light then in spring dig it over add plenty of good soil then rake flat. Once you have done the gardeners shuffle all over to pack it a little lay a good general purpose grass in rolls. Once it is down water it daily for a couple of weeks but keep off it, it takes a while to settle in and root. First cuts should be with blades up, it is a plant the leaves feed the plant so I never go lower than one inch, it will be an even cut so look good and if fussy about stripes a little longer is better.


Sinking turf

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:13

A lawn laid down in October will still be fragile, stay off it and wait until well into spring when you will see the new growth. Run a mower over it with the blades up at that time and see what happens before starting remedial work. If I need go onto my well established lawns I use planks, the lawn can be quite spongy in winter. The best idea is leave alone until it needs cutting in around three months or so.


Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 15:27

Hi Fairygirl Daughter, hope you do not BURNS the candle at both ends. I did hear someone had made a Vegan Haggis?? We will stick to the original with a drop of Highland Dew.

Pat it took time but the guarantee was solid gold, a better iPad and money back, they earned my respect, they also sold me the Apple mac pro with three year guarantee, better than some tech stores. It was free.

The joy of gardening is the planning for the years ahead and watching it happen. It is hard work though my old Dad would say do it properly that is the correct way, there are easy ways which mean hard work at a later date.

Listening to music on my expensive headphone, the family all chipped in for Christmas, the ones I had were cheapo's, now the difference is dramatic. La Paloma, Paul on Chromatic keybourd, that brings back memories.


Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 13:51

Obelixx, what is a "toe kitten"? The mind boggles.

Back on line with my third iPad Apple Air 2. The first a year old went blanc, no not the Monte just black. Sent back under guarantee J Lewis lost it. Sent me brand new upgrade 128gb as against 65gb plus some money back. The earphone socket would not work, we tried every set in the house nothing. It went back to J Lewis, they have now sent me another iPad Air 2  128gb and sent me the postage as well, I am not telling them they collected it? They also sent me a new two year guarantee so what is not to like. I still had my Apple mac pro to play with though for some reason it will not let me sign in to GW, not to worry I now have this and it is the first message. So the old man is back to chivvy you all on idle gardening, a good garden is hard work always was and always will be, are we who love it masochists I ask?


Germinating seeds on wet paper towels

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 12:16

At school many years ago we always had mustard and cress growing on blotting paper on class room window sills which we got to take home, our own eggs and school growm cress for tea lovely. We also grew beans or set them off in jam jars,  ball of blotting paper with a couple of beans pushed down the side so we saw them start to root watching the roots grow longer daily. It was wartime so with the help of teachers and the caretaker we had our own gardens which grew everything later used for the school lunches, we had one cook who cooked cabbage properly, the trend then was to boil it to death. Many of the seeds were nurtured in the class rooms before being planted out. Nothing new about setting seed on paper Dad often started his Ailsa Craig tomatoes in washed sand, my own experience is seeing seedlings from last years tomato's grow in the gravel bed.


Lean to growing

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 10:19

OK,   Setting seeds in August would best be done outside in one of those small plastic shelters that can be opened during the day. Plenty of light and air yet cover from heavy rain and wind, if sown two months earlier they would have been alright sown straight into a seed bed. The seedlings your wife put in would be reaching for the light if they were on a low table or shelf. With a top light you need the shelf high seedlings need potting on as soon as the first two proper leaves form, you need to watch them like babies with TLC.

My thoughts are your lean to is not suitable and probably best to invest in a one of the small growing shelters most garden centres sell, try it and see if it decides you on getting a proper green house at a later date. Growing from seed you need to be watchful, they need all round light, plenty of ventilation, minimum watering and never too much heat, read the packet I tell most people who ask.

At least your lean to could store plants that need winter cover.


Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:41

Hello Obelixx, had a spell off my IPad died, it was a year old so was sent back under guarantee, they lost it? Gave back the cash with a note saying re-order the 128gb is on offer for less than we are refunding? Mouth and gift horse came to mind and here I am back.

My upmarket Apple Pro laptop for some reason will not let me sign in, still working on it though I was straight in with new pad.


Green pebbles

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:31

Anne, have you spray? Any normal household cleaner bottle well washed then fill with a mix of washing up liquid and water. Spray the pebbles leave a while then an ordinary hose will wash them with the help of a stiffish brush. Raking them over with a garden rake now and then also helps, you say it is a small area so it would take minutes. Using a pressure washer could turn the pebbles into shrapnel, not a good idea, you do not want to break windows or wipe out your neighbours do you. Good luck.


Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:52

Not quite with you by lean to do you mean something with walls if so are they solid or glass, more information needed.

I have  south facing lean to greenhouse fixed to a brick wall, the wall takes in heat even on dull days and gives back at night, it has only gone below freezing point once in over thirty years. There are plenty of vents as plants need light, air, shelter from cold winds. In that respect any sort of cover works and you can grow almost year round. Corrogated plastic is often slightly tinted reducing available light, one way is turn your pots planters trays every morning before leaving to work, OK for me retired but not easy for some people.

Gardeners experiment all the time so have a go see what you get, plenty of greens do not need heat just shelter from frost and icy winds. It also depends on where you live the North is at least two weeks behind the south in growth. Give it a go with some salad greens, a lttle warmth to start them off is all they need. Good luck 


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 13:06

Thank you D D, I had the flu jab just a few aches in the old bones, it was the young ones who had the worst of it.

the snow is being blown away by the gale, part of our coast in the NE, are expecting the storm surge, I live on a hill though sorry for those who do not.


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