Latest posts by Palaisglide

Help with patching a lawn

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:11

Peter 212, I mix compost washed sand and seed, scratch the patch so it is loose then dust the compost sand seed mixture on the patch, smooth it level with existing grass then scatter another hand full of seed just to make sure and shuffle it in with my hand then water. Never any problems though as to cutting I usually wait about six weeks then shear it a couple of times before letting the mower loose on it.


Hi Daughter, relieved of lunch duties today so it is laptop and I-pad.

Complete newbie needs help

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:01

Bernie3K, that does not look too bad at all, definitely worked on worse so what to do. Rake the biggest  lumps off I would not bother getting on my knees to do it, rake as flat as you can manage, dragging a flat edge batten over it tells you where the bumps and dips are.

Right our council dump collects waste plant matter to compost then allows so many free bags, worth a try. If not we can get from local GC's three bags of compost for ten pounds or asking on line can often get some one wanting to get rid of soil. Spread the compost mixed with some washed sand on the garden and level using the batten again the idea being to raise the level where you need a lawn. At this stage you could draw up a plan for some hard standing and some grass up to you though a seating area usually needs some hard standing think about it. You can sow lawn from now until October I once put down a small lawn with grass rolls ten days before Christmas and it thrives well now.

The idea would be do not look on it in dismay, look on it as a clean canvass for you to make your own Eden, if you dragged the best soil to the place you most want grass then used pots of all sizes to make a border plus a seating area it will become manageable. We have all struggled at times though us tough old gardeners shrug and get on with it, do not lose heart, I see a very good working area in progress it just needs you to stand back and make a workable plan. Good luck.


Peony flowering at last

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:31

Grew up with Paeonia as I have said before on here a very beautiful but frustrating plant, my garden has several Paeonia Lutea Ludowii, Paeonia Rubra Plena. One came from Dads Garden a huge plant that he thought may have been planted by Great grandma Brown in the 1890's. That took seven years to flower but worth the wait.

You can with great care cut off the newest growth on the outside of the root ball and replant they will take up to five years to flower. Never cover the root ball though I mulch around the root in a circle keeping away from the actual root. They like plenty of water, after flowering I leave them alone,  growth dies off but provides some cover for the root against frost in winter then clear all the debris from the root and mulch as above. They will give years of joy, I love them.


New Greenhouse

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 11:27

Simon, having moved quite a few times with various G/ houses the last move cured all previous mistakes in that I bought a Robinson, a good well made aluminium which for thirty years has worked perfectly. Costly yes, buy cheap you get cheep. In high winds some around lost everything, mine never moved and not a single broken glass, fingers crossed.

one row of slabs up the middle, the south side dug out lined with heavy plastic and small shingle, this holds water so tomato's thrive on it I use twelve inch pots with large holes in the base, half fill them and plant the tomato then top up with compost every couple of weeks. North side are the benches, home made from solid wood and a heated sand bed. Through the years heating a g/house got more expensive and each method of heating has its problems. The sand bed gives bottom heat to start seed then shelving above means they can be lifted up as less heat is needed. Hang a bubble wrap blanket around the sand box to contain the heat. The rest of the bench for pots the potting bench is in my garage so do not need roomto work in g/ house.

We all do things differently so pick and choose from any advice given.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:19

Well done each and all, this is my last before bed.

A neighbour purely by chance

Saw me watering the plants

She said in dismay

No no not that way

Now go and zip up your pants.

Goodnight all,


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:33

"Oh Dear"

We have a neighbour Plant Pauper

Up to things she shouldn't ought-er

Now she's up on the roof

Which gives us the proof

She's much madder than we thought-er.


I'm very ashamed.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:14

Mr Darcy????? Well I did come out of the North Sea after swimming bare chested. All loose bits vanished including fingers and toe's, chest a mass of goose pimples, knees and face purple and two crabs attached to my ears, but we NE lads are tough I would be back to normal in a week?

It would be more Mr Darcy after swimming in the Suez Canal and we did come out of the Sinai hot sweaty and dirty to find the Cantara bridge was closed, I stripped off the lot and dived in the Canal to my horror hearing female cheers as I went under. The canal is quite narrow there so raising my head found a coach load of WAAF on the other bank. What to do? I enjoyed my swim then boldly got out to a lot more cheering, when in deep s--t do what you have to do as normal, it is too late anyway.

Don't worry "J" my spurs have long since gone.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:54

PP, try the bathroom with a funnel and long pipe.


National Limerick Day!

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:45

My compost is something to see

Fresh hot and air flowing free

Something I learned

As it often gets turned

It improves if I go there to pee.


I'm very ashamed.

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:27

Not to worry "J" I was brought up with horses my Son still has them on the farm. Lazy Mares need a little gentling then a kick with the Spurs, the ones with the sharpened rowels attached.

Don't worry we all do it says he who found a bag of Tulips a year later, mind I was in hospital getting lumps cut off, no excuse really, feeling a bit under should get you out there enjoying the fresh air, very fresh here in the NE.

I would tell the young recruits (lack of knowledge I can forgive, idleness never) they got the message.


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