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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 09:52

I knew someone who put salted peanuts out. OMG, as the young people say.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 07:17

Some years ago I worked for a while on a site near an urban fringe allotment which must have been a couple of acres, Because of vandalism and theft the city council eventually had to enclose the whole thing with ten-foot high heavy duty mesh fencing and give the allotment holders keys to the enormous padlocks on the massive gates. A sad case.

Bentonite

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 07:11

You can use it as a pond liner.

Overgrown Ivy on House

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 06:57

Disturbing nesting birds is a criminal offence. Can you wait until August? There's no guarantee that your ivy will remain variegated and I suggest you will spend a lot of time keeping it under control. Perhaps think about something less demanding,

Brush Removal

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 06:53

Just check whether there is anything worth keeping. There may be some decent small trees in there.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:38

What are the trees, Jim?

Moving magnolia

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:49

Where your septique is concerned it's best not to argue with the guys from the authority and why would you want to? Just move the magnolia when it's dormant - it may work and it may not. If you delay, as suggested, it is less likely to work. And would you rather have the septique not working?

A test for those with rhodo knowledge

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:43

Hi Mike. I have to disagree with you about the wonder of Rhododendron ponticum. There are hundreds of other Rhododendron species and thousands of cultivars from all sorts of crosses. Most of these have much more polite habits than R. ponticum, which is a major pest in woodlands, moorlands, NT estates, nature reserves and gardens all over the UK. It deserves every bit of its bad reputation.

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:31

Builders merchants are a good source of good strong plastic sheet.

Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:24

I think that when we move into a new house the temptation is to adopt the garden the previous owners have left us. Then after a few months or years we wish we'd got stuck in to the job of changing things a bit sooner! Clearly we should retain things of real value or that are quirkily interesting, but equally there are other features which are bad and can only get worse. I don't think that the fruit trees you have inherited owe you anything; trying to reshape them to encourage fruiting will take a long time to work, if it succeeds at all. By then your new fruit trees will be cropping merrily.

I think the other posters are suggesting that there may be a lot in your new garden which is not worth preserving, and it may be worth going for a radical approach. For instance, will any fruit trees you plant be heavily shaded and therefore not do very well? And if you start to tidy and plant up the garden and then decide to get rid of these large fruit trees and leylandiis, will your work get trashed in the process? As Steve says, removal of large trees and stumps can be a little disruptive. I think your good-sized garden could look twice as big if you let the light in.

Discussions started by Joe_the_Gardener

Jay

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Useful tool

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Spring!

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Gardeners World Quiz

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Silver birch

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Hedging shears

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Malvern

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