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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:45

Chatsworth is going home and will be the designers last garden at Chelsea. It brought back fond memories of my wife and I walking those paths during our many visits to Chatsworth. Joan loved the place and we did manage one last visit before she died. Ust admit too a lump in my throat when  it was shown. Chris' s garden was my choice. The parking space on Shaun's garden was to the left with low planting under and alongside the parking, the idea being you get out of the car and the plants touch your legs, you get a feel of relaxation from that.

Frank

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:58

It will not be allowed though my vote would go to Shaun the winner of the Chelsea competition. Our area does not have the front garden car park problem we all have drives, some of the older streets of Stockton have lost front gardens to concrete. Needs must though there are plenty of ways to get the car off the road and still have greenery. The garden Shaun created had the Royals interested, in my opinion one of the best.

Frank. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:15

No, we had hailstones big as golf balls and the wind would make you fly without wings, some thing that usually takes a few tots of Scottish fire water. Feet up a cup of tea and nosing through the posts.

Frank.

Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:12

Builders take off all the topsoil on a site and sell it leaving just enough to give a thin layer over compacted earth to lay out turf, it does not stand a chance. Verdin is spot on though it would help if you had the time to aerate. I use my fork and push it in to the turf every six inches then throw a mix of washed sand and compost on the lawn brushing it in with a hard broom. Doing that a couple of times gives the grass roots a chance. Eep the mower blade up, I keep mine two lawns at one inch, a weed and feed Autumn and spring keeps them looking good. Good luck. 

Frank 

Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:12

I hate predictive text? You end up with unreadable posts.

Frank 

Newish Turf

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 15:10

Builders take off all the topsoil on a site and sell it leaving just enough to give a thin layer over compacted earth to lay out turf, it does not stand a chance. Verdin is spot on though it would help if you had the time to aerate. I use my fork and push it in to the turf every six inches then throw a mix of washed sand and compost on the lawn brushing it in with a hard broom. Doing that a couple of times gives the grass roots a chance. Eep the mower blade up, I keep mine two lawns at one inch, a weed and feed Autumn and spring keeps them looking good. Good luck. 

Frank 

Is my Japanese maple dying?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 10:20

At my Daughters for lunch yesterday she pointed out the same symptoms on her potted Acer, I told her frost damage. We have had clear skies which means cold temperatures and frost in our area. On examination there is new growth so leave it be and the plant will come back in time. Do not over water, dip your finger in the compost, if it comes out clean then give a good watering then leave.

Frank. 

problem solving

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:02

You appear to be over watering which can hurt plants as much as under watering. As a test dig a square hole, spades  depth, leave to see if it fills with water. My garden has south west aspect one side East t'other side, I need water the south side on a regular basis, push your finger into the soil if it comes out dry then water. The east side never gets watered, there is no need it holds the natural water from rain and the regular sea mists. I do not mulch with anything but compost, this is a soil improver with some goodness to nourish the plants, a long handle hoe sorts out the weeds and gives me a little exercise at the same time, bark by the way will kill the nitrogen in the soil and plants need nitrogen. Try leaving the watering and see what happens. Hope this helps.

Frank

Raised Flower Beds

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:35

Who ever said gardening is easy, short cuts and easy ways usually lead to twice the work later, do it once correctly and save your back is my way. Lifted turves can be stacked left to mature and used later. Soil dug out can be cleaned and put back though when I had raised boxes there was plenty of drainage in the base. Fill the box with old compost then top off with good topsoil or compost leaving room to top up or mulch.

gardening will never be easy which is why little and often with a sit in the sun glass in hand is so relaxing, you plan your next project knowing it may well include double digging removing all weeds and probable some building included. Do it right, do it once.

Frank.

Raised Flower Beds

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:11

Why risk it? cut the turves, lift them  and hide in a corner behind a bush for a year, you will get good seed compost once seived.  When setting up the bed put some drainage in the base before filling. Use old potting compost to fill half the base then good topsoil leaving it low in the bed so you can mulch or top up.

frank

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Who needs change 
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Grew up with them then could not get them 
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Describe your garden, your thoughts, in verse. 
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Some of the plants seem to love this weather? 
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We are to get a 7 day forecast? 
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