Latest posts by Palaisglide

Lawn in shady area with poor drainage?

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 14:23

How big is the lawn going to be, how big is the garden? Lawns can be any shape or size square oblong round or serpentine. Sit and note what parts get some sun and how long it cannot all be in shade all day. The trees will soak up a lot of water, it is often arid under a tree and that kills the grass.

Could you make a serpentine grass path leading to open areas of say round patches of lawn, lets face it if you sit out it will be the warmest part of the garden. A grass path with slightly raised edging to retain the extra soil and then the turf, this would allow it to be raised above water level a bit and good turf would help. Your vegetables could also be in raised beds or pots would be enough for a family. It needs to be studied and planned, do it once the right way, saves a lot a back ache later. We gardeners have to make the best of what we have and usually succeed though a garden is never finished.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 09:37

Stockton once more sunshine and ice, clear skies up here on the hill, mist across Tees valley so cannot see the Eston Nab  and the Cleveland Hills. Full of porridge and blueberry's so may venture out for hair cut, my old DI would have apoplexy if he saw it, to him anything other than bald was a mortal sin.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 12:04

Obelixx, we have a secret ingredient salt. Being on the north sea coast those icy winds from Siberia pick up salt on the way, sometimes in a sea mist you can taste it, slugs and salt do not mix apart from when you eat them, pepper herbs from the garden a good stock and simmer, throw the slugs away and drink the soup. We do live near Macbeth land?

The temperature is actually dropping here, another notch on the heating and another scotch methinks.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 10:50

Joyce, I am noted for taking fine weather to Scotland, ten days in and around Inverness, ten days sunshine. Arran they wanted to pay me tp stay, had some good holidays there and also one of those lucky people the midges shy away from. I can come up for a small (not too small) fee.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 10:16

Blue sky sunshine and ice, to a gardener that's very nice, gets rid of nasties and bugs, including those peskies the slugs. Jack frost covers in white, the normal garden winter blight. What is that hears a sound, open door nose falls on the ground, the north wind doth blow, we will probably get snow, up the heating a notch, where's that bottle of scotch, we should hybernate through winters woes.

Franks weather in Stockton on the icy Tees.

How Embarrassing!

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 09:58

There could be a body in it, that is if you watch the TV, every one and the dog dies in two hours in those mystery's, they must get through a lot of actors.


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?


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