Latest posts by Palaisglide

lawn moss

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:18

Sue, put it in the compost and mix it well, you could put any old compost from pots where the plants have finished as mulch not much life left in it but it will lighten the soil. My way is leave things for the frost to work its wonders then mulch in spring. Some plants such as Peony's need a mulch now though not over the root ball spread it in a ring around the plant, the worms do the rest.


Question: Hand held tools

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:09

Firstly, Budding Gardeners? A lot of us learned the ropes in the garden of Eden and pretty set in our ways. I use the normal hand tools, lawn mower, hedge trimmer, leaf sucker for ease of use though my hand tools are well worn hand me downs from a time when the light in our rooms were gas.

At my age a robot gardener might come in handy though I could see myself sending it back to the garage for not doing a proper job. Sorry cannot really help but best of luck with your project.


Sharpening garden tools

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 11:59

Babs, nothing comes easy, I have all the oil stones files and small grinders though still find it best by hand. I work from the back of the cutting edge with a smooth file Obilixx is correct a knife steel will also work, the idea is to get rid of notches or rags first then a few rubs on the oil stone though fine emery paper will do then oil and store. If you clean oil and store them each use they will only need this treatment now and then, that is as long as you do not use them as tin snips wire cutters or cutting trees down. My grass cutter blade gets the same treatment and my garden knife gets the oil stone every few uses, you really need to watch what you do with a knife, never leave it open fold it after each use. That is my H&S tip for the year.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 09:30

Plant Pauper, the CO's wife had the same idea, they had separate bedrooms that says it all. She found this tall blond well tanned 19 year old at her beck and call who had no qualms in telling her she could not go into the souk dressed for tennis, get covered up or we do not go, I expected anger and got the opposite. The garden was the only patch of Eden in hundreds of miles, whom ever laid the lawn knew what they were doing. It was surrounded with high posts with hessian stretched to the poles, I could wet the hessian and the breeze cooled the area, running some more over the lawn in the heat of the day shaded it enough. The poles had tropical climbers and  there were pots large ones with plants in, to me used to a drab brown landscape it was heaven. She had an old wind up gramophone and Victor Sylvester records so when requested I would dance on a small patio in army boots with her. I have read that book and looking back over my writings where it always appeared more fun than bad times I saw where he was going, make the most of what you have at that moment.

Your granddad could well have been in that area as we drove the Turks out of what we now call the Middle East, we had soldiers there from early 1800's until 1956.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 00:09

Plant Pauper you would have loved me the day I had three haircuts. The Squadron Sergeant Major saw me getting out of my truck after three weeks in the desert, he did not like what he saw. Water was rationed and we would rather drink it, my shorts were a cut down pair of trews, my weapons cowboy style and when he got his voice back told me to take my bush hat off, big mistake as he nearly drowned in hair. Three haircuts and inspection later he admitted there could possibly be a soldier in there somewhere and put me on a charge for dumb insolence. My punishment driving the CO's wife around and acting as her body guard? It was me needed the bodyguard. One extra duty was keeping her small garden with lawn neat and well watered. Two weeks later I was dancing in Port Said, another story.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 19:31

Know what you mean David, I sit in my arm chair with more electrics than my I-pad, I have the best of three falls to get it out of Rumba mode so I can watch Strictly in peace, my feet dance the rest of me fights to keep awake. Once stood four square master of all I surveyed now my Daughters tell me what to what to wear though still think I am the best cook. What happened David? I grow tomato's still bringing them in and ripening them in the kitchen. My hair cuts were military for thirty years, ducks thingees and beetles cuts verboten. Now I am told the bacon breakfasts I have eaten all my life will kill me, I ask what is taking it so long?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 15:36

I see Divid, you will remember Al Bowlly and Chick Henderson the Hartlepool crooner even like me remember Gigli singing live. Does that include the Lindi hop Boogy woogy jitterbug and Jive as well as the Lambeth Walk and Palais Glide. Those were the days David. Dancing was dancing to proper music for the style of dance being performed and not someone's take on hurt your ears modern stuff. Oh for the days of the Hammersmith Palais, the Nuffield Club and Streatham Locarno real Tango fast and slow to proper music.


Uses for Coal and Wood Ash

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 16:25

Coal ash contains heavy metals no use for anything. Wood ash would go in my compost and well mixed as it can also contain toxics depends on what you are burning. My Son burns chipped would pellets on his farm boiler then puts the ash in with the new horse manure, that takes two years before being used for fertiliser so well washed out by then. I never used fresh ash on plants always mixed it with compost.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:30

Plant Pauper, it is a family do so polite conversation is usually warts and all. Never know how many will arrive so a few extra are not noticed, if it is a low attendance week and a couple are in Barcelona at the moment it is fry up Monday.

my initial thoughts on Strictly is an all Lady dance off though the wily Aliona may shove Jay into even more gyrations in the weeks ahead.

The foil has to come off the roast and yes always roasties, mash, onion gravy made  how mother taught me not out of a jar, the steamer full of veg then it is help yourself, I sit down and rest my feet.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:36

Anita, Helen, Kelly, Georgia in that order stirred my old dancing feet though I would dance with Carol at a social dance but then Strictly is not social dancing so I am afraid Carol must go. Will someone PLEASE do something about the inappropriate music for some of the dances and before Blackpool, I would not like to hear such music emanating from such a hallowed hall.

Silverside and all the trimmings David, veg ready to go on and t'Yorkshires about to be mixed when I post this, the secret ingredient a heavy hand on the mixing.


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