Palaisglide


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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:38

And so it ends, Stockton's mini summer is over it would seem. In the words of the song ( I have lots of songs in my head, quite deafening) "The clouds are low, the sun departs, the heatings on, the windows shut and its raining, raining on my A@@e" I think those are the right words but that is the bit that is wet. Our NE weather has a mind of its own so hope it clears up, but hey it saves on having to shower, we just stand outside naked. You could call it a community shower when we are all out there together, mind you do need dark glasses.


Frank.

Lawn aerating

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:26

Rex, When I was helping on the Bowling green we did have a machine with thin blades that cut into the lawn it was used once a year before we put tons of top dressing down and raked it in, there may be some logic in your machine but apart from that I had not heard of it. I do suppose a slot is the same as a spike as long as it does not turn out to be a trench infantry could hide in. It would take more top dressing and open up the roots more. Good luck.


Frank.

HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 13:39

Yes Verdun and imagine what they made of this pale Northerner when I arrived back from two years in the desert, my future Wife asked if we would have mixed race children, "yup" a mix of Geordie, Tyke and Durham. Have to admit though those Cornish Ladies loved running their fingers over my delicate white skin before feeding me oggies and Scones, what they did with the cream and jam I leave to your imagination.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 11:49

Stockton yesterday it was blue skies and too hot to sleep last night, today grey skies growling at me nothing but grey skies can I see. But Hey happy day I got my hair cut at last. NHS holidays they will cut your toe nails but hair grows down your back and the girls plait it, free at last.


Frank.

HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 11:44

Poor Verdun, my timbers are shivering for you "err" or is that laughter. Cornwall the land of Sun and such clear skies the artists flock there, then it becomes "by eck as like" this should not be happening. Join the club our NE is normally part of the dry section of the UK, " you know away from the Atlantic storms" this year those storms made a bee line for us braking hard overhead and hissing it down, but hey life goes on. we don our Sou-westers wellies and fishing hats to nip to Tesco. The Barby goes under the garage door, the family sit comfortably inside whilst dad burns the sausages, and when dad gets back inside all the Scones Jam and Cream have vanished. Tis a cruel world Verdun, we Brits just battle on.


Frank.

Lawn aerating

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:33

Rex the answer is to get Mo to cut your lawn he has just won the Great North Run for the third time, he could probably keep up with your aerator. No they are not meant to cut grooves in the lawn they are supposed to push a spike into the grass and leave a single hole down which you sweep sand and compost mixed. There must be a way to reduce the speed, is there an instruction book? Hang on, how fast does it go when Scarifying the lawn, I have this picture of you hanging on to the handles for dear life legs flying behind you.


Frank.

Last edited: 13 September 2016 14:34:29

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:24

Blue skies shining on me nothing but blue skies can I see.


Verse, "Never saw the sun shining so bright  Never saw things going so right,


Nothing but the days hurrying by  If you love gardening how they fly by". 


Apologies for adding my own words. Here in Stockton it is hot hot hot my cleaning Lady Joanne was  melting by the time she finished, every door and window open but no breeze Yeh keep it up I say we have suffered for months now enjoy.


Frank.

Digging over soil

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:19

One reason I pick up the long handled Hoe is apart from leaning on it I hoe round the plants to get rid of those weeds that appear overnight and lightly disturb the top soil, the borders rarely get dug though are mulched and it works for me. If I do clear an area then yes it gets well dug with added compost and or manure well rotted of course. Vegetable patches can usually be cleared then prepared for the next sowing Borders just need a weed and a feed so hoeing and mulching does the job. Many of my shrubs and plants are over thirty years old the root ball must be over in Australia by now as they are never disturbed. The resident Blackbird gets all excited when it sees the hoe and is often hopping around dodging the blade as he she nips in for the bugs etc.


Frank.

Plants dying?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:04

New planting will be stressed they need coddling the first couple of years and this year has not been good for even established trees and bushes. As Hogweed says you need a good clearance around the bole. Dig a deep hole add some grit in the base and compost around the root ball as you plant and heel them in then water a couple of buckets a week will be needed for at least a year.


What to do now. Clear some of the grass away, mulch with a good compost with some Bone meal and Granular fertiliser added, a handfull is all, water this in then wait until Spring and see what comes. They may just be resting early as some trees and shrubs around here are doing, remember most lose their leaves they are doing what comes naturally only early. Patience is a gardeners best tool, your fruit trees may take a couple of years to bear any fruit, they need spring warmth to blossom then plenty of flying insects to pollinate. Hope this helps.


Frank.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:43

Around this time of year the top half gets removed with a hedge trimmer this reduces the wind swing over winter. In Spring then they get a proper cut back usually down to where the crown starts from the main stem, prune above an outward facing bud and take out any ingrowing or weak stems. I mulch around the base with compost mixed with a hand full of granular fertiliser and water well. This has worked for me over the last thirty years and some are that old. This works for all my roses, if you did the correct pruning now you would still need to check for disease or frost damage in spring so my reasoning is why do it twice. If you do need to lower the rose drastically then cut the main stem above a bud and it should regrow, I took my Wills Scarlet down to the ground and it came back, I then trained it on to wires. Tough old birds are Roses. Hope this helps though there will be others coming on with differing ideas, you take your pick.


Frank.

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