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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Daffodils in pots

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 07:25

I fear that your final sentence is the answer! The daffs will flower when they usually do, depending on species/variety.

conflicting answers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:26

I think you should tell them very politely that anything thrown into your garden will be handed back to them at a time that is convenient, in other words at your convenience, not theirs. So, for instance, if the ball comes over six times in half an hour you are not responsible for giving it back straight away or at any particular time. But you should not play into their hands by taking the ball hostage.

Make it clear that they are in no circumstances permitted to come into your garden and help themselves, and that if they do you will seek legal advice on trespass. 

You should also keep a written record of any incident that causes you inconvenience (digital photos have a date on them) so that should things get worse you will have evidence if you choose to go to the local PCSO for advice.

Does their neighbour on the other side have similar problems?

conflicting answers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 07:34

How tall is the fence, Duncan? Are you and your neighbour agreed that the fence belongs to them? Is this private housing or local authority/housing association? How old are their children?

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:19

Global balding may indeed be a branch of phrenology.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:14

These observations could be put to good use, but it depends on knowing whether they refer to Cornwall or Aberdeen. Phenology is quite a valuable method of amassing a lot of data that might give an indication of climate change and adaptation of organisms. Scientists, conservation bodies, etc, collect such data to help their long-term research. It's simple but effective - a sort of 'people's science'.

Hedge trimmer design and use

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:02

Just to add a small point as I think of it. On two of the three makes of petrol hedgecutter that I've used the exhaust is directed straight back towards the user's face, unless they're left-handed, when it's marginally better.

Huge garden hedge

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 11:36

I wouldn't recommend hiring a chainsaw - you might end up losing more than the hedge!

Wildlife blues

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 11:25

I guess you need to see things from the Council's point of view. They're trying to let the house and a prospective tenant says 'Yes, but I'm not taking on that b+++++ jungle', perhaps for very good reasons, such as being disabled. They've got little choice but to tidy it, not half-tidy it.

However, it's true that not all Councils are equally skilful about caring for the natural environment. But it's up to us to make our views known - it is our Council, after all. Bear in mind, though, that they are so strapped for cash (blame that on bankers, government, selfish people who don't want Councils to be funded yet still expect all the services - take your pick!) that they are having to choose what they do and leave the rest.

But there is a crisis coming - the maintenance of highways is now appalling, social care is being slashed, education is being cut back, and all to remove any local authority input or accountability, so soon you won't have a Council to complain about!

 

 

Hedge trimmer design and use

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 11:09

On your specific subject, for many older people the best hedge-trimmer is the one who turns up in a van and does it for you, especially if the hedge is of any size, and particularly if it's tall enough to need any sort of ladder. I see a lot of people standing on kitchen chairs waving hedgecutters around - and I offer up a silent prayer.

A lot of gardens don't need the hedges to be as tall as they are, and going back to basics would help in the decision-making process for many people.

Having said all that, the worst machines are the underpowered ones - they make the job twice as tiring, but with power and durability comes weight.

I'm a bit pushed for time now, but I'd be happy to add to this if you have specific questions arising from it.

Silver birch

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 10:53

Mother Nature's having a laugh!

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