Latest posts by Palaisglide

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:34

Pampa asked a question we answered, my own greenhouse rests on a wood frame and has done for over thirty years, no problems. The reason i realised it needed to be higher than the wall i built and had run out of bricks, stacks of wood hence a wood frame. My pal built a base of concrete blocks and finished with a wood frame, again no problems. We gardeners do it our own way to suit our needs, nothing wrong with that if it works for you.

Pampa you can fasten direct to the brick as long as there are no gaps for the plant eaters to crawl through, it is your choice.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 16:10

The weight of the green house on the wood will hold it, quite heavy when fully glasses. You could pin the wood to the brick with short nails then screw the greenhouse footings to the wood, no need to go into the brick. Drill the odd hole into the wood and pour preservative in those holes every year or so and it will spread through the base, i did that and the greenhouse is still firm after thirty odd years.


PS that should read " fully glassed" if i try to alter a word my Apple I pad freezes no idea why.

Where to start???

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 14:20

Shirley, first buy a nice comfortable chair place it in a sunny spot get note book and pencil then observe. write down what grows, sunny or shady places, think about fruit trees or bushes, is there room, can you grow them on fences walls or trellis, is there a place for vegetables to be grown. After awhile you will get a feel for the space and ideas for improving things. Once you have an idea of how you would like things then start only on one small area, trying to do a complete garden from scratch will break your will and back. Little and often is the way to go, we have all started big projects and failed. Take it in sections, complete that part before starting something else, keep sitting and giving it a good coat of looking at, things change so be ready to alter the plans in your head. As a very old gardener i have often had a change of mind during a project, not to worry a garden is never finished always ongoing. Best of luck.


lawn repairs or hollow tine aeration

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 14:02

Esbee, use the hollow tine aerator first, you can hire one with a motor in most areas. Have some course sand and compost ready mixed then brush it into the hollows with a bass broom, some will stay on the lawn but no matter just leave it until the weather improves. Spring time dress with feed and weed then six weeks later do it again.

we used to level the bowling greens by spreading a mix of compost and sand right across the laws then from a fixed point drag a long straight plank across the lawn. The compost mix filled the hollows, this was done when the season ended and was then left for the grass to grow through so Autumn is the time to level.

lawns can be fussy or easy it depends on which you want, a bowling green or football pitch, you choose though grass is tough stuff it will grow back, a bare patch scrape it scuff it up a bit then cover with seed and compost mixed, oh and sow enough for the birds or cover with net.


Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 23:32

Have both on LP dusted off and played on my blue tooth Bose, who would have thought that all those years back when they were acquired. I was a bit of a rebel on the piano and could belt out all the Glen Miller stuff on the piano but not at home, Dad thought it cr@p though mother would get me to play when he was out and dance her socks off. In the mood, sentemental journey and dont go under the apple tree are my warm up practice still. In the mood got me many a free pint and a few secret kisses, as I said David those were the days!


Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:05

KEF, loved Gigli and saw him in film some time before he died in the 50's. I have a recording of "Vieni Sul mar" come to the sea which when I play it reminds me of the song Two Lovely Black eye's although the song itself is an old Italian folk song. There is a U Tube version with Pavarotti singing it. I had Richard Tauber singing in my ears when Dad came in from the garden for a rest. In those days learning piano you played mainly classical so when Dad brought the music for "Tales from the Vienna Woods" you can understand what an eye opener that was, still play it the odd times I still practice and still love it.



Posted: 05/02/2016 at 11:22

You will have noticed NORA turns green when changing the thread, is that envy I ask at the virtuosity or even audacity of those daring to start something new. My own take on it is you start a thread which then takes on a life of its own and the original theme is lost somewhere in the past, the river straight and true becomes the Nile Delta of subjects making their way by many streams to the sea. Some of those streams I would not wish my name to be attached to and most threads disappear off the bottom of the page never to be seen again, why would it matter I ask. Are our ego's such we wish to be remembered as the Shakespeare of our time " alas poor Verdun I knew him well" hmm doubt that.  Agree some threads such as the Sweet Pea run and run though people tend not to read back just ask the same question each year so may as well start anew each year, my own Lawn area finds the same questions over and over because people do not read back, David myself and others just re answer as people who ask think it only happens to them.

Hello Zoomer are you still getting into Stockton if so you will have seen the wonderful changes that have brought the High Street back to life, it is not all doom and gloom if councils put some thought into it.


Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 10:31

David, it is all to do with what you heard when young. My Dad was a light opera buff, I heard Vilja and Vien on a daily basis, we went to every musical film and the music halls, we had two where singers made up half the cast, your ears become tuned to it. Garrison theatres put on weekly shows with most of the talent coming from the troops some were brilliant. Our children started buying thier own records, luckily we had a big house so could escape the racket, it was quite ear hurting to me who played music as well, yet party times it was get the acordion out dad and they sang along with the rest of us. Now dancing, listening to old discs, hope for them yet.


Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 23:30

David, those were the days my frIend I thought they would never end? Then all things end and some nut invented the three chord catterwailing and music exists only in the memory of us old lags. You could dance to my music David as my children and grandchildren are finding out, we all have record players, ours is blue tooth and masses of old discs have been dusted and played. Apart from one i have hidden, The Bay City Rollers, my daughters listened to some right rubbish.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 13:44

Verdun, my main garden is South and West facing, at the moment after three days of sun quite Spring like. Walk around the front East facing and it is like Siberia though i did notice the Dafs are fust poking their noses up. I was brought up with a walled garden and it could be two weeks ahead of the gardens around us. This garden can be ahead of those near by as it is fully sheltered from NE winds in fact the herb bed is under the northern wall and thrives, dry and well drained helps. We used the walls for fruit trees I can still taste those Victoria plumes sun warmed off the tree. Another three weeks here before we can get stuck in at least i still have tomato' in October.


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