Latest posts by Palaisglide

After the madness of the day

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:41

Jacqueline, my Daughter has the very same furniture in her new garden, they moved in a few weeks ago and never stopped, the garden was well established and needed some cutting back, it was on a slope and is now stepped an old shed was removed and a new summer house installed. Yesterday I was comfortable in one of the arm chairs in lovely sunshine directing operations next minute I was wet, a black cloud crept up on us and dumped its load. A mad rush into the summer house where we had our lunch as the sun came back out. Sitting there watching the birds flying into the garden I thought how wonderful a garden is for relaxing our body and mind.

You have a lovely Garden enjoy it.


Sowing Peas

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:30

Silvia, sow a row directly into a raked bed and then another row two weeks later, you will get crops of sweet peas well into summer (if we get one).


Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:23

Not to worry "SV" nothing is going to happen very quickly, a two year get out is quoted? by whom? they do not know and cannot forecast the length of time it will take to throw off all the shackles. Independence day or Black Thursday, what ever we call it is now a done deal, knee jerk reactions will not change anything. The one thing that has changed is Politics and the way they see the common sheep like voters they think us, we who vote a certain way because our forebears did so, they woke up on Friday morning to see they had been rumbled, we the sheep had brains. We saw through the lies false statements of fact that had no basis, we saw them pushing their own agenda for their own aggrandisement and turned our backs on them, I look forward to the next election to see if they did learn the lesson.

Meanwhile biting each other on the bottom because things did not go the way we wished will only lose us long term friends on this forum let us go back to what we know GARDENING.


Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:03

The Children of England (not the UK) cross the red channel into the wilderness, let us hope it does not take 40 years to find the promised land.

My heart was out though I voted IN for the sake of my fifteen year old grandson, as he said, it is his world now not mine. Already on the Continent others are asking for the same referendum, the end of Europe is nigh?? We do not know as no one knows what will happen now, a member of the European Parliament said today the UK still has to obey all their rules until the day we actually leave which could well be more than two years away. Independence day co-meth though not yet for a while.

It is done live with it as my old Dad used to say, my fingers are crossed.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 14:22

Stockton, dour and dire or t'other way round if you like.

Agh? just got letter through post, Fathers day Card, is it that time again, fuss Cake, more fuss, more Cake, who thinks these things up?? "oh" well lay back and think of England, it is soon over.

How come this thread got relegated to the bottom of the pile, are they trying to tell us something?



Posted: 09/06/2016 at 14:38

Had a read through, and surprised you did not know where P P came from, to be sure did ye not catch the accent. They wrote a song about "J" played it for years.

her eye's they shone like diamonds

You'd think her the Queen of the land

And her hair hung over her shoulder

Tied up with a black velvet band.

I had a spell with the Enniskillen Fusiliers, great singers all, and mad nights, it is a wonder we did not all end up in "Van Deimens Land" not to be forgotten, or even at times remembered.


Do I need a greenhouse?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 14:07

Claire, As mentioned above make use of your window sills, you can get small growing kits, water trough, seed pots and a lid very cheaply, they fit on a window sill nicely. It is now summer so they tell me, larger kits with a cover can stand outside in a sheltered spot, take the cover off for a few hours then replace before the sun sets, the temperature at ground level can be as much as five degrees warmer, nice for seedlings. Lots of seed can be sown straight into pots of any kind and left to come on they will need pricking out at some point but do not need a greenhouse. When toddler is up and things more settled then you may want to invest in a greenhouse, had them for years unless used properly they can be an expensive none event, you need money time and energy to make them pay. Good Luck.


Fences and covenants...

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:59

I bought my Bungalow new and as the estate was only half built covenants applied as stated above to keep the overall site looking nice, many have now gone or been broken, nothing is done and if you are moving then don't start a fight that could have consequences. My deeds did state which fences were mine and what height I could have them it was six feet although I kept them at four feet, I have good neighbours who do garden so all is well.


What is this and how to control?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:48

Osteospermum is a border plant as a rule, if you want your lawn back dig it all out taking a few cuttings to plant elsewhere, it is a nice plant in the correct place. Then replant lawn.

You can cut it back hard then dig out the outer sections if you wish to keep it and stop it spreading though if left it will spread. If you can see grass in there it is more probably wicken and needs to be taken out, every tiny bit of root or else that too will keep on coming. The plant likes plenty of sun and dry conditions, it does not like rich soil which is why it moved over to you, a nice open lawn not too rich. It is probably best out and in a sunny border but that is your call, good luck


First home, first garden. Any advice?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 15:54

Thewie, the one thing that puts new gardeners off is trying to do a complete make over in one go, do not even try. Sit down with pencil and paper some books and decide a grand plan then divide it into doable sections, quarters, tenths what ever, concentrate on each section until it is finished and you can see what you accomplished then on to the next.

Those bricks would make a hard standing for your car, if it is essential to get it off the road then do that first, it will mean making an entrance to a hard stand with possibly a cover at a later date, big job indeed.

Meanwhile depending on budget you can keep strimming the grass down and invest in some pot plants, you can get some lovely pot plants these days large small and I would decide depending on where the sun shines in your garden on a sitting area, a couple of paves a seat and small table will be easily put in with a few pot plants around it. It is obvious you will need to get the fence up though do not expect to stop your neighbours weeds invading your garden unless you dig down and put in a barrier.

The vegetable patch could be a dug up area of the garden or a raised bed section, with raised bed once you have the sides in position can be filled with a mix of the old compost and new or all new compost and sown, immediate results would give you the heart to continue. Take your time, we all change with the weather so what seems a good idea at the time can often be a mistake. Think about it start and finish one section at a time, fill your own tubs pots or any container with Vegetables, out door tomato's peas beans potato's even, that way the garden will be working for you as you develop it, little and often, the way to go.

Good Luck Frank.

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