Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:19

If the neighbours' vegetation is hanging over the boundary you have the right to cut it off as long as you give it back to him (to keep it would be theft).

gardening toolbox

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:50

I just carry the small stuff in an IKEA blue bag or similar, and take the larger things by hand as I need them; there's nothing worse than trying to carry two different rakes, secateurs, pockets full of twine, a spade, a fork, some loppers and a leaf blower all at the same time. One of them will stab you or trip you up sooner or later. A lot depends on the accessibility of your garden.

Peruvian scented daffodils

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:41

Best treated as frost tender and kept in in winter.

Poplar trees

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:39

Some friends lived in North Lincs. The windbreak on one field was some sort of damson or bullace. Delicious!

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:26

Sorry Buttercup, but I'm afraid that's not the way the survey works. If you want to give someone a representative picture of your 4 square miles, your local ornithological society would love to have all your records.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 15:06

If we just do what the RSPB asks us to, no more and no less, with all the instructions observed literally, then the survey will work as they have designed it to. Unfortunately people start interpreting it for their own preferences (I've seen them at it), so the survey returns have to be modified to compensate for bias and silliness as well as for ID skills.

It's not meant to be a twitchers' competition - we can do that during the other 8783 hours this year. Enjoy the day, and even if you only see one Dunnock then that's a valid result.

Schizostylis coccinea

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:42

They're unkillable in this garden!

Who are they???

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:46

Get a smaller one like Hidcote. I think it could be a bit restrictive not allowing any flopping leaves. I was thinking of heucheras and heucherellas in all their different colour forms, and the foliage isn't very messy.

New fence

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:41

I suggest you might write to him explaining exactly what you're doing and asking if he has any objection and, if so, to put that objection in writing. Say that you're marking the legal boundary in post and wire (needs only to be 2ft or so high) and then building your own fence on your land. Tell him that he is not at liberty to interfere with your new fence in any way, including allowing plants to grow up it. Record the present situation with photos, making sure there are some reference points showing the existing fenceposts and the new wire fence. Leave a couple of feet between the fences so that you can walk between for inspection and maintenance. Keep all this safely in case there is any dispute when either of you sells.

walnut tree

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:19

Yes, go on, get a TPO. A 45ft walnut is a good tree.

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