Palaisglide


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Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:58

Trees in such a small garden would be a disaster darling as they say on Strictly, I am talking small fruit trees fanned and trimmed every year, they do take up water as does everything we plant. At the moment that garden is a lake and without major drainage work will remain so, anything that will take up water would be welcome. Most of us would get rid of the lawn in its present state and dig out beds for various plants from Shrubs to Vegetables, in time digging in compost and drainage materials the water would subside. I would also make a safe play area for the children and Astro Turf much as I dislike it would be ideal. Next a trellis arrangement across the open area with climbing plants and probably another fanned Tree to give a little privacy to the seating area. All of that will not be accomplished in two weeks it will take planning and materials depending on your own budget. I suggested raised beds to get some plants going that would not be drowning in the lake, that is a simple job that can be done over a shorter period of time. Gardening is and always will be ongoing, I never ever finished a new plan on time or in budget we make do and improvise as we go probably why we spend our time doing it. best of luck make a plan for your two weeks and stick to it do not be overly optimistic with your plans though.


Frank.

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:21

Mart Raised beds full of plants soak up water, when I had them they often needed watering even after rain. Fruit trees can come quite small and be fanned onto a fence or trellis, they will soak up water. On my wet side i planted two golden Privet spaced out they give winter colour and drink water by the gallon that side is now dry i have to water the rest of the plants. There are many shrubs or small bushes that will help soak up the water. 


Wait until spring to sort out the lawn, the more you walk on it the more compact it becomes. In spring if you can hire an Aerating machine with open tines, they dig small holes in the lawn, you then throw a mix of washed sand and compost across the lawn and sweep it down the holes with a stiff brush, this will open up the lawn let it breathe and drain better. Later after treating the lawn with feed and weed around six weeks apart you may need to scarify, that means using a rake drag the thatch off the top, you will be surprised at how much thatch there is. If you cannot hire a machine then using a good fork walk up and down the lawn driving the prongs of the fork into the grass then do the sand and compost bit.


If you build raised boxes or even just troughs line them with old plastic compost bags nailed to the inside, it stops wood rot and contains the moisture the plants need. Make the box so you can reach any part without having to stand on it so a number of smaller boxes are better than one large on. That way you can also rotate any crops you grow. Hope this helps.


Frank.

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:42

Mart, the photo looks tells me you have young children therefore whatever you do will have to fit them in. basically your garden needs draining and raising jobs you can not complete in the time. Digging trenches or holes and filling with gravel works up to a point although the water still has to go somewhere, I did that on one small section of my garden and the water did run away downhill not causing problems to others.


Looking closely the play area being at the back you need a pathway for the children and a gravel path with contained sides would be ideal to keep feet clean from mud. Have you considered laying Astro turf around the play area this would give a cleaner area for the children. As to the rest raised beds are the answer, these can be made from scratch, a little drainage in the base then fill with soil. If the fence on the right gets some sunlight then put a couple of fanned fruit trees in there they will drink water by the gallon. Raised beds can be any height from six inches to what ever, filled with a mix of flowers vegetables and salad crops they will provide yourself with food and the children with an interest, I learned by watching Dad who gave me a small plot to grow things in. These idea's are only my opinion on what needs to be done in making a garden from your plot, I would also buy or win some containers and start growing some nice plants to divide the garden into play area and pleasant place to sit glass in hand. I hope this gives you some idea's look at the whole then mentally set yourself small improvements a bit at a time, no need to kill yourself, deal with the main problem first, path, Clean area, free from mud for the children


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:05

Verdun, not normally me being a bit down. I look out each day towards the Cleveland Hills across the Tees Valley, often you see every detail the last few days you can barely make out the shape as the bad weather in the North Sea rips into Tees bay. The forecast last night showed the clouds and rain just inland along the eastern coast.


Today it is dry with patches of blue where the coastal front meets the Westerlies which dropped their rain on the Dales and Pennines, they should stay dry, we may get some rain later. We are lucky in that from various view points on our leafy back lane on clear days we look into the Vale of York, out over the Vales and very clear days can see the Pennines. Murky days we know what we are missing, hence the slight down.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 15:12

Goodby summer today we had four seasons


Daughter came to see me had to put her fleece on


Skies full of sorrow


Hoping it is better tomorrow


Goodby summer goooodbyyy.


Sung to goodby Campers, bring the bottles back tomorrow, Frank.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 10:31

Neither should have been in the dance off although of the two the correct one went from watching only the dance. The look on Ed's face in the interview after said it all for me get him off.


Louise does it for me and that Latin was breathtaking for a rank amateur Kevin is very good for showing off his partner and it worked, Giovani and AJ are too full of themselves, Daisy has me 50/50, not quite sure, her feet do the right moves most of the time. Claudia I like though AJ needs to start putting her first.


Frank.

Sssssssscared or what?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 22:50

Bloody Penquins literally, some being smashed to pieces on rocks. Komodo dragons cage fighting, and F1 snakes after baby lizards, it was like watching WW3. I thought it would be a nice quiet nature film. Then we got Dan Snow searching for gold in the wilds of the Klondike on their own with helicopters boat builders tow boats and around thirty minders. Why did they not fly in do a bit of panning and fly out?


Frank.


PS. I hid the kitkat in the fridge in case we get bears wandering around in the night.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 13:48

Do what I do Verdun, blow dry it then water it. Three hair driers tied to forks stuck in the lawn usually does the trick. Oh and wear wellies that way the shocks will not kill you! Probably?


Frank

Christmas cooking

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 13:43

Logan, they normally do since their Mum passed away, this year for some reason they all think it their turn. Will toss a coin.


Frank

Christmas cooking

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 11:26

No cooking this year, three Daughters fighting over who feeds me. A bit of a problem as two are good cooks one is definitely up there with Mary Berry. I love being with the Grandchildren so that sorts it.


As a lad the whole family went to my Grand Ma's for Pudding Sunday, it was a great time as puddings and cake mixes were assembled in huge stone bowls. It was then put in pudding bowls and cake tins to cook when we got home, us kids got to clean out the mixing bowls, imagine all those sticky fingers H&S would have a fit. The smell of cooking Christmas cake was wondress to me, loved it then and still do.


Frank

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