Latest posts by Palaisglide

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:17

My Memory is of two great Uncles who came back, one badly gassed and one with horrendous wounds, the hospitals discharged them as they wanted the beds and all the women in the family had to dress the wounds and look after them, my Mother bore the dread of wounds into my time. One died 1925 the other 1933 short and bitter lives for all involved. My memories come from the women of the family who had the job of nursing them. I also remember Uncle Frank killed on the hood, Uncle Ron who went through six years of war and never spoke of it. Some of the young often badly trained youths of my time sent into war zones that were called Local action zones so it sounded less aggressive by politicians who meddle in other peoples lives and bring nothing but chaos and misery.

Those memories are always there David though a special date will bring them to the fore, those of us who came back will always see the very young faces of those who did not.


lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

See Fairygirl/Daughter, these posts can be of general help but well spotted how did it suddenly arrive?

May go missing as I have an op in a couple of weeks, do not worry I will be back.


New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:47

Del, It will look very daunting at the moment, forget the rotavator it will mash up the weeds and scatter them shades of Joe from Gardeners world when he tried an allotment. Cut down any tall stuff but make sure it is not seeding first then the hard bit. Concentrate on the third not the whole it will be too much. Dig over that section hand weeding as you go, that will be the large rooted weeds especially, if you can get some manure or compost then dig it into that one section, better to cultivate what you will need at first than try doing it all. The weeding is much easier if you have a large riddle to throw the soil onto. Not knowing where you are or the weather it would be best to ask the other allotment growers advice on what to sow between now and winter, they are a friendly lot usually willing to help. It will be hard work which will get easier as you work across the plot and grow more things, good luck with it.


lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:31

Edenrose, Firstly make it look worse by rolling your sleeves up and giving it a good raking, the grass tends to grow into the thatch of old grass and moss on top so it has to come off, this can go in your compost. Now get a fork and stick it into the lawn about four inches, ram the fork down waggle it a bit and move on a foot apart will do for now. Mix some washed sand with fine compost and scatter on the lawn then with a good hard brush sweep it across the lawn thinly it will fill the holes made with the fork thus aerating the roots. If it rains well and good if not water it, as above it will look like a bomb site but in a couple of weeks be green again then add a feed leave until October and put down a slow release feed and weed, leave over winter, next spring when the grass starts to grow you could do it all again or just add feed and weed, keep the mower blades up a bit, a normal uneven lawn is easily scalped and that is not good.

Hope this helps, Frank.

Dying plants

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:18

Ernie 2, Wash the Salvia with plenty of  water you could take off the burnt leaves. Japanese Anemone takes some killing, mine crept under the fence from next door grows in the worst possible soil and rubble yet thrives. Some of it wandered and it has taken me years to get rid of it so dog wee should have no effect.


creating a new bed

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:59

Hydrangea are not usually grown on in pots for more than a season though it is possible. Prune back to two good pairs of leaves, repot in a larger pot in John Innes compost number 2 or 3 do not add lime then put in a cold frame or sheltered partial shade until they start to grow again. You could plant them into the ground with a short hair cut plenty of humus and a mulch keep well watered for a while.

The rockery get rid of the underlay and any large stones dig over, you can dig in small gravel it adds to the drainage then plant why add more compost apart from a mulch once you have planted the area, it will take time to grow and spread but that is gardening.


spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:21

Charlotte wash dry into pan hot water from kettle some fresh mint bring back to boil turn down to simmer 15 minutes exactly, never fails for me and with a knob of butter who needs anything else.


Soil like dust...

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 23:15

Hi Zoomer, People put plastic or carpet on the ground to kill the weeds, it does not work if they are there they still come. Can you fork it over and rough sow a green fertiliser, dig that in and leave to over winter, better still well rotted horse manure, I know hard to come by though still out there, my Son has a heap of the stuff. The prep is hard work though worth it in the end and for fruit you will need some compost in the soil and for some fruits good drainage. Try a double dig row just to see what is in there.


Lawn edges

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:28

Do you have a gully, usually around two inches deep and three or four wide, fill it with water and let it soak in then with a very sharp edging tool (half moon shaped) and a long plank redefine the edges. The cutter must be sharp or else you push the soil down. Letting the edges grow  for a while will put roots into the edge making it firmer. If you are using a spade often not sharp enough then you are again compressing the edge instead of a clean cut. A strimmer on its side will also cut an edge but wear goggles doing it.


Forum names

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:36

Now  then Orchid Lady, professional Waltz dancers are the staid ones who do the one two three exactly to the dot. You are being asked to dance by the lad who with his wife managed to dance the whole waltz in the Strauss Dance Halle Vienna on an empty floor when the room was sardine packed. Did they think us part of the show? we were dolled up, or was it the style? Imagine English Hussar in full flow with his lady, we got well and truly applauded when we finished.

Because of the mad rush of Hospital tests the last three weeks my Piano lid has stayed closed, when this is all over I will be back playing and so will you when you get the time, it will come.

Frank, thanks for the charmer bit.

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