Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Problem with grass creeping from next door into border

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 07:00

Lurching swiftly back to the about approaching the owner or agent of the house next door?

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 21/12/2015 at 07:42

Go to Listen Again on the iPlayer - it's the programme from Harpenden (repeated yesterday) and the dahlia discussion starts about 5m50sec in.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 16:01

Discussion about this on GQT the other day.

Cats in the vegetable beds!

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 15:52

Better to net the cats rather than the beds. Dash it - how many people have I offended now.

Grass Paths

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:56

I'd forget grass. Various nice gravels are available, such as the flinty or Cotswold ones about 20mm, which are a yellow/gold colour, or use slate, which comes in various colours. Lay this on a base of AT LEAST 150mm (I used 300mm on a couple of jobs and they're still fine after 15 years) of crushed stone of the sort that is sold as sub-base (20mm to dust). Compact this base course with a tamper or by machine (a whacker or a small roller). Brick edge or timber would be fine. Don't under-design or skimp on the build quality - you only want to do the job once!

what is this vegetable? ID please

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:41

Netting is not good for birds either. Only careful observation or camera traps would show whether there were hedgehogs.

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:35

You haven't cursed it enough, B-L.

A special visitor

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 16:58

Most squirrels don't live for very long and albinos are rare anyway, so it's not surprising you don't see many, whether or not they get picked on.

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 17:35

Sorry Fairygirl, but Purple Loosestrife was one of the most important flowers of my childhood. It grew along the banks of the small rivers we used to play in and beside, and we pushed our way through stands of it with its the unique scent. It instantly reminds me of those places and all the other plants that grew there, the willows we used to pollard which the ducks nested in. Every year we looked forward to seeing the ducklings having to flutter 15 feet into the stream from the nest. Purple Loosestrife - top plant!

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:25

I agree with everyone who has no time for roses at home.|I love seeing them, but in someone else's garden. Alchemilla mollis is another one I can't be doing with. I've had a couple of gardens that were infested with it (still have one) and despite the best efforts it manages to seed everywhere. The species that are wild natives are super - remind me of a lot of happy plant-hunting in Scotland, Yorkshire Dales, etc. 

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