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Latest posts by Palaisglide

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:16

I lock the front door when in the back or side garden a s I can neither see or hear anyone there. So out the front locked the door pottering about thought I need some tools from the garage get the keys. back down the drive unlocked the door and opened the key drawer! no keys. Searched everywhere coats trousers in the wash basket desks cupboards and then sat down to think it out. Idiot, the garage keys are on the key ring for the front door, relief, where did I put those keys? "oh Heck as like" cannot find them went through the same routine and no result. thinks, must have left them on the greenhouse shelf. Out the front door turned to shut it there are the keys complete with garage keys.

What was I thinking why the sudden Senior Moment when they do not usually happen to me, am I flipping my lid I ask, the task I meant to do had by then vanished from my thoughts so some lucky weed had a reprieve. Does this happen to others?

Frank blushingly.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 23:27

Half the road seemed to have put a light in the window as I did and they went out just after eleven, we remember them.

Frank.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:54

Pansyface, simple 1) Austrian Empire rules the Balkans badly. 2) Balkan separatists decide it must end. 3) Austria declares war on Serbia. 4) Russia comes in on Serbia's side. 5) Germany comes to Austria's aid. Russia has a pact with France. 6) Germany decides to knock out France with one blow invading through Belgium. 7) Britain has pact with low countries and declares war on 4th August 1914.

One unconnected fact has a domino effect on Europe which ended in 18,000,000 killed world wide. Our politicians have this idea that a good war will enhance their status, the very young men and women who fight those political wars have a word for those people not printable here and I still use it.

Frank.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:17

My Memory is of two great Uncles who came back, one badly gassed and one with horrendous wounds, the hospitals discharged them as they wanted the beds and all the women in the family had to dress the wounds and look after them, my Mother bore the dread of wounds into my time. One died 1925 the other 1933 short and bitter lives for all involved. My memories come from the women of the family who had the job of nursing them. I also remember Uncle Frank killed on the hood, Uncle Ron who went through six years of war and never spoke of it. Some of the young often badly trained youths of my time sent into war zones that were called Local action zones so it sounded less aggressive by politicians who meddle in other peoples lives and bring nothing but chaos and misery.

Those memories are always there David though a special date will bring them to the fore, those of us who came back will always see the very young faces of those who did not.

Frank.

lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

See Fairygirl/Daughter, these posts can be of general help but well spotted how did it suddenly arrive?

May go missing as I have an op in a couple of weeks, do not worry I will be back.

Frank.

New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:47

Del, It will look very daunting at the moment, forget the rotavator it will mash up the weeds and scatter them shades of Joe from Gardeners world when he tried an allotment. Cut down any tall stuff but make sure it is not seeding first then the hard bit. Concentrate on the third not the whole it will be too much. Dig over that section hand weeding as you go, that will be the large rooted weeds especially, if you can get some manure or compost then dig it into that one section, better to cultivate what you will need at first than try doing it all. The weeding is much easier if you have a large riddle to throw the soil onto. Not knowing where you are or the weather it would be best to ask the other allotment growers advice on what to sow between now and winter, they are a friendly lot usually willing to help. It will be hard work which will get easier as you work across the plot and grow more things, good luck with it.

Frank.

lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:31

Edenrose, Firstly make it look worse by rolling your sleeves up and giving it a good raking, the grass tends to grow into the thatch of old grass and moss on top so it has to come off, this can go in your compost. Now get a fork and stick it into the lawn about four inches, ram the fork down waggle it a bit and move on a foot apart will do for now. Mix some washed sand with fine compost and scatter on the lawn then with a good hard brush sweep it across the lawn thinly it will fill the holes made with the fork thus aerating the roots. If it rains well and good if not water it, as above it will look like a bomb site but in a couple of weeks be green again then add a feed leave until October and put down a slow release feed and weed, leave over winter, next spring when the grass starts to grow you could do it all again or just add feed and weed, keep the mower blades up a bit, a normal uneven lawn is easily scalped and that is not good.

Hope this helps, Frank.

Dying plants

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:18

Ernie 2, Wash the Salvia with plenty of  water you could take off the burnt leaves. Japanese Anemone takes some killing, mine crept under the fence from next door grows in the worst possible soil and rubble yet thrives. Some of it wandered and it has taken me years to get rid of it so dog wee should have no effect.

Frank. 

creating a new bed

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:59

Hydrangea are not usually grown on in pots for more than a season though it is possible. Prune back to two good pairs of leaves, repot in a larger pot in John Innes compost number 2 or 3 do not add lime then put in a cold frame or sheltered partial shade until they start to grow again. You could plant them into the ground with a short hair cut plenty of humus and a mulch keep well watered for a while.

The rockery get rid of the underlay and any large stones dig over, you can dig in small gravel it adds to the drainage then plant why add more compost apart from a mulch once you have planted the area, it will take time to grow and spread but that is gardening.

Frank.

spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:21

Charlotte wash dry into pan hot water from kettle some fresh mint bring back to boil turn down to simmer 15 minutes exactly, never fails for me and with a knob of butter who needs anything else.

Frank.

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