Palaisglide


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Mulching

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 15:46

Absolutely true Verdun which is why you would scatter inorganic fertiliser before covering the ground with wood chips, shavings, sawdust, none of which I would use. Tried it all over the years found it wanting and use only home made compost now, it tidies the bed up feeds the plants in a light more controlled way and the little Jack Russell from next door keeps my garden free of cats. We all have our own experience and mine tells me wood in any form does nothing for my patch. When my Son started to bed the horses down with sawdust instead of straw he wondered why I spent time separating the muck from the wood and then added it slowly to the compost heaps, the straw is now back and the wood in chips is burned in the furnace that heats the farm, best place for it.

Hester had you lost a lot of seedlings to damp off you would know fine grit is the answer, it keeps the seedling dry adds to the drainage allowing excess water to drain off and is not really just for pot decoration. I dress all my seed trays with it and the fresh young seedlings push through it, like babies they are tougher than we think as long as we keep them warm and dry. Sand Gravel and Rock have been quarried for thousands of years, I cannot see what difference we would make not using it after all they banned the gardeners friend Peat and yet we can still import it from the old eastern block of Europe after taking the living away from our own peat diggers? The mix of soil and grit from all the trays and pots after use is spread on the garden to lighten the soil and give better drainage, it does work after many years of doing that.

Frank.

 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 10:32

“Oh” KEF, you know how to insult an old reprobate, Gent, been called many things with the accompaniment of “Sir” well they had to call me that though probably spelt it as Cur in their heads but GENT?? Still it is nice to know we weave “That old black magic” putting you “In the mood” as David and I “Try a little tenderness” with I must say “Amazing grace” sending you “Over the rainbow” were knowing our luck we would land in the pig pen of “Old MacDonald's farm”? You would be ensconced in a feather bed playing with your “String of pearls” whilst David and I would have a “Blanket on the ground” as we “Roll out the barrel” and with a “Little brown jug” quaff ale until the “Sunrise serenade” ? I would dream of my “Lily Marlene” probably still standing under the lamp by the barrack gate in Bridgend, the Fred and Ginger of the Bridgend dance hall, “err” well she had dark lustrous hair and I was Frank, who disapeared on the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to the dark reaches of Hampshire, Hoping she would “Not go under the apple tree” while I was away. With a wave and chorus of “Goodnight sweetheart” we would bow to the audience who thought “Babes in the wood” would be a lovely Christmas theme Park by Llewellyn Bowen and not a right old Pantomime as they threw their LIDL vegetables at us and we kept bowing hoping a turkey would follow so we could have a good Christmas lunch, “Look out he is behind you”???

 

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 19:02

David, in my viking North hugs come with skirts attached, trews a firm handshake and those skirt wearers o'er t'border a clout with a claymore if they get close enough. I use midge spray on them it does the trick.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 15:46

Thanks David, a firm handshake will do nicely. Joan never went away in spirit I often catch a whiff of her gentle scent and after checking the dressing table for leaking bottles or cracked caps found nothing amiss so accept the fact she has her eye on me.

Home again after getting my orders from number two bossy Daughter who stuffed me as usual Friday lunch time. I will attend my grandsons passing out parade Monday night (Air Cadets). I will co-operate with the CH4 request for a programme on VE Day as there are not many left to tell the story, yes daughter dear, I was wavering, done it before with BBC. I will cook Ham for Christmas day and not let t'other daughter do it as my ham always tastes best??? She will get my Christmas cards for me, do I need her to address them??? "err" done and dusted, I can do things myself you know, "oh" are you sure you managed them all??? for goodness sake do you think me gaga. They all got a shock this summer after thinking me bombproof now they want to wrap me in bubble wrap. So home feet up reading the comments and playing "wait for it" Irish drinking songs, accordion music, as my own accordion needs repair it is all I have at the moment. Straus later.

Frank.

PS Gosh that was an unloading though must have needed it, once I gave the orders. 

Mulching

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 10:08

Bark mulch takes nitrogen out of the soil and plants need nitrogen, it is best put down in spring when the soil has warmed up. Bark is a weed depressant and tidies the look of the bed, it will in time rot down and slightly enhance the soil, I never use bark. Normal soil enhancer compost would be dragged down by the worms and feed the plants gently when they wake up again in spring  As said above there are many differing ideas on mulch, I do what I found over many years works well.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:56

A bright day yet again, one short sharp frost that put paid to the last flowerings, the garden as I look out appears to be settling at last into its winter rest period. My Music as I write and remember Joan's favourite places, "Tales of the Vienna woods" wonderful experiences in a wonderful Country and indeed wonderful music.

My relaxation time will be short and sweet, a full day ahead what with a flurry of birthdays then Christmas my feet have been red hot, it seems years since I was flat on my back in August, time and "music" heals all ills.

Frank.

Technical problem

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 15:47

Now on new I-pad, was having problems now they seem to be cured, the laptop is only a year old so do not know why it should be different.

frank.

It's a big worry......

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 14:02

Heard of Santa Monica, think I used to Tango with her, "oh" and Santa Lucia, they would fight over me but "Santa Claus"???? Now Father Christmas yes, he comes down my chimney every year which is very queer as I do not have one. Right now I am mad upset red with fury!!!! Who the heck eats the mince pie the carrot and drinks my fine Scottish Lock Water?? Saying that he does leave after shave that brings me out in a rash, fancy soaps on string that get hung in the garage, I think the mice eat them, diaries and calendars pens and pads, is that a hint I do not write to Father Christmas, "oh" I forgot the over sized jumper scarf and bobble hat, the socks with multi coloured messages on them? who reads socks I ask.

OK I do not have to cook the Christmas lunch as I will be with family and grandchildren having a lovely time and we will thank Father Christmas for all his lovely presents, now where did I put the mince pie and carrots.

Frank.

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 12:11

After much thought, consulting the Oracle and looking into Chrystal balls a resolution has been made.

Concrete it all over paint it green and erect tall fences with beautifully hand painted back drops of colourful country and woodland scenes. Fill the borders with every kind of plastic flower and plant I can find a glass pond with plastic ducks and a silver foil fountain. An old searchlight on the garage roof, problem there the garage is to the North of the garden so my sunrise and sunset will be a### about face. A raised glass roof with a rotary lamp casting shadows of fluffy white clouds drifting over me as I sit with a fan heater behind my chair blowing warm air around my derriere and a glass of something warming in my hand, listening to songs of my youth and memories of dancing the night away. Well we can all dream can we not?

Frank.

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:49

Fairygirl Daughter, I have told you language!!!! "We are somewhat reduced in energy with over exertion" is much better than "bonus knockered" that is Spanish for what you said. You are correct the 31st of December for resolutions not the 1st.

Frank. 

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