Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Swifts in decline

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:06

Sorry about the link, Welshonion; it worked when I first posted it, so it's a mystery to me! You're lucky to have such close encounters.

Something is snacking on my fruit trees

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:10

Looks like scab; and possibly sawfly near the top of the apple in the second pic.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:01

With the weather becoming more summery after the cold spring, it's still worth looking out for Swifts nesting - many will have started late. I've noticed more Swifts around, many of which may be young birds from previous seasons. But if you do see nesting activity please report it to your local Wildlife Trust or Ornithological Society - they will appreciate every record!


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 09:06

No, Edd


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 19:51

Has anyone got any thoughts on what to look for when buying a polytunnel (about 6m x 3m or a bit bigger)? What are the generic problems to be aware of; what minimum spec for supports and thickness of polythene; types of doors and vents; stability?

Sad daphne

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 18:33

Better grown from seed.

Birds caught in netting

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 14:24

Birds caught in netting

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 06:33

Chicken wire would be better. I've seen birds trapped in loose netting. Considering that bird ringers use loose netting to catch birds, you can't expect it to do one job in one place and a different job somewhere else.

Hiding my mistake!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:39

If you saw those trees in a garden centre, would you buy them? I thought not!


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:37

Send them away to be recycled industrially. I've known a few people who've messed about growing daffodils, rocket, strawberries and so on in tyres full of soil and eventually they've given up and taken them to the tip. (PS, do you change your own car tyres? That's a bit enthusiastic!)

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