Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Swifts in decline

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:50

I certainly think that Swifts are not all that plentiful this year in my area, which is not very encouraging. What does anyone else reckon?

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:18

Last year, in about the second week in June, a customer was fairly insistent that I cut the spriggy growth on a low hedge to 'tidy it up'. She is keen on birds and insisted there were no nests in the hedge. Within a couple of minutes I found myself in a stand-off with a pair of blackbirds who disagreed. They harried me until I stopped, and by that time a few other birds had joined in; I know now how a sparrowhawk feels.

Two things stand out from this: blackbirds are among the largest garden hedge-nesting birds and they hadn't been noticed, and many other species don't make half as much fuss and so you might not realise you are disturbing them.

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:14

Birds are at the height of the nesting season now.

Rogue plant taking over garden!

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 18:51

Wait and see it flower, then post us a pic.

Strimmer recommendation

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 17:39

'.....trimming and edging in small to medium sized gardens' is what the advert says, and adverts are usually optimistic. If you have any sort of even slightly rough work to do, you'll need to go up the specification range.

Weed membrane and perennials

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 17:34

There are plenty of weeds that just love spreading for yards under the membrane - twitch and bindweed for instance. You pick up the membrane and there's a spaghetti supper of roots underneath.

Weed membrane and perennials

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 08:11

Verdun, I completely agree. Membrane makes gardening harder with every passing year.

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 20:05

Going back to Jo4eyes's comment, Fritillaries have no problem with full sun; the 2 million in North Meadow at Cricklade are just fine.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:54

Go to for the latest news.


Does distance between cover and bird feeders matter?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 14:03

There have several studies on this, particularly the effects of disturbance by predators on birds' feeding habits: the more disturbed they are the less feeding time they have. In the short days of winter birds appear to take greater risks of predation by feeding out in the open because foraging time is short and there may be less natural cover from leaves.

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