Latest posts by Palaisglide


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.

Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:44

PP climbing into our tin cans in Desert conditions was a bit like a roast in the oven so France here we come. At least the corned dog will be eatable instead of drinkable.

You hit all my spots there David Lamb Home grown spuds and mint sauce. Mine was top side new spuds and fresh veg, the best bit it was cooked for me, just been asked what I want for tea??? Our lot can eat for England. I will give it a miss.

My count David 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, think of the birthday costs, where did I go wrong I ask.


Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 16:09

Hi David, been around a while, had lunch cooked for me today, probably to get over the shock of having one Great Grandchild for 18 years then suddenly two more arrive in three weeks? was it something I ate?  James arrived to my Granddaughter in Canada on Saturday 4th June and one in the Vale of York three weeks ago George. They must all be reading the Bible "go forth and multiply", they will only find love in this family.

My garage is also an engineers workshop the sharpening got done on an electric grinder first though telling people that usually got blue cutting edges on what they sharpened, I would tell them slow and gentle, never worked so easier to do the job for them.

Was sitting outside just too hot, I cannot believe it after what we have had, Looks as if we can invade France tomorrow after all.


Grass Refusing to Die!!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:57

Linzi4, How long has this been happening, it sounds like a couple or more years so the grass is seeding into the gravel and not coming from underneath unless it is couch grass, if it is couch then that stuff can grow through concrete. The only way would be to dig the lot out and that would mean every tiny bit of root, a big job best done by a jobbing gardener.

Look at any expensive brick drive near you and you will see grass growing through the sets no matter how well they a laid, they have to be jetted out or weed killer put down and it will come back. If what you have is a gravel garden of some kind then do what the Japanese do with them Rake the gravel on a regular basis and lift away weeds and grass. I have some gravel and rake it weekly to remove weeds which if left soon take over. No easy way I am afraid, a little work on a regular basis saves a lot of hard work if you let things go, thats gardening for you.



Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:43

Cheers Pansy Face, not understanding what was happening I joined the rest and stayed off line, still you are back and deservedly so.

As to the other matter when it happened to me two years ago I put myself in the hands of the wonderful NHS and let them get on with it, the last scan a month back said all clear, when in a situation you can do nothing about let those who can do it for you. Good luck.


Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:34

Hello Zoomer, if you were driving through Stockton today it would be in shorts, the sun has at last arrived.

Sharpening tools, you need a good medium file and a smooth file. With shears take the bolt out and clamp one half of blade in a vice with the bevel towards you. With the medium file in line with the bevel rub the file forward across the bevel in slow circular movements do not press too hard making sure the file stays flat on the bevel. Now do the same with the smooth file until the cutting edge looks free from nicks. remove the blade and turn so the cutting edge is facing you and rub gently with the smooth file to remove any burrs caused by the first filing. I then run the bevel edge on the oil stone which in my case is boxed so can be clamped in the vice and running the blade along the oil stone, again in a circular motion. Re assemble the shears and make sure the tension is correct I do this by cutting paper as you would with scissors, if it does not cut first time adjust the tension on the bolt which should have a spring washer between the nut and the blade.

It is exactly the same to sharpen secateurs though with some modern types they cannot be taken apart,, there is no need to do that if you do not want to but the sharpening is always from the bevel side and not the back of the blade. Nine times out of ten hardening up the centre bolt gets them back cutting, I found about three times tighten the bolt to once sharpening the blades.

Hoping this gives you an idea as to how it is done any questions come back and I will try to answer them.


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