Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

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. 


Posted: 30/11/2015 at 07:32

The cut material from the pampas grass (suitably anchored) will make an ideal home for the hedgehog.

Reverse Pollarding

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:42

Many of the oldest trees in the country are pollards.


Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:31

Violet, I've just commented on another thread about how hedgehogs like Pampas to hibernate in, so get your men to be very careful and think about somewhere you can transfer the little fellow to if you do find one.

Pampas Grass

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 17:20

I've two gardens where pampas grasses are used by hedgehogs for hibernation, so be very careful as it's too late to wake them now.

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