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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Small nettle patch for butterflies

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:45

Red Admirals and Tortoiseshells are best suited by the nettles being cut back in about late June so that they provide food for the caterpillars that mostly emerge from August. They like the nettles to be in a sunny spot. I suppose the ideal would be to have enough nettles to provide a range of ages to suit the egg-laying period.

Apple Tree Leaves

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 07:10

Have you been watering it?

Road building anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 07:05

Less than £1 per square metre sounds like a bargain to me, even at 2007 prices!

Apple Tree Leaves

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:46

What sort of compost/soil did you use?

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:41

Lysimachia clethroides?

Help - Tree Required for Privacy

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 06:51

There's no reason why there should be a preservation order on a tree. A quick search of a council website will tell you the rules. Pansy and Lizzie seem more upset than you are!

You've had the benefit of the quite large trees on the neighbours garden, but now that he's decided to use his own garden for something else it's time to forget that. At least you have the benefit of a solid 6-foot wall. I wouldn't necessarily go for evergreens - some are slow to grow and others are a bit thuggish. Hollies are OK if you don't mind the spiky dead leaves when you're pottering in the garden or walking around  in your flip-flops. The photinia is a good idea as a partial quick fix.

I would look at breaking up the view rather than trying to block it. A group of a very slim-growing variety of silver birch would be a start. Plant odd numbers randomly two or three feet apart. If you buy 5- or 6-ft tall trees they will soon make height and look informal; their bark and leaves as well as their swaying movement will concentrate the eye rather than what's beyond them. You could also consider planting something much closer to your house as this will interrupt the view of your neighbour.

Road building anyone?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 19:01

It'll depend what the subsoil is like. In the worst case you may need 600; you could get away with less, but I would base my design on the worst case during the year.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:57

They are till you bash them in a thrushy sort of way

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:38

No, I said they don't stab the shell. Have another read.

Thrushes have quite big territories, so I'm sure that if they're in the next street they're probably visiting you.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:26

For a biggish bird, thrushes are quite secretive and easily missed (except when singing in spring). Your local wildlife trust or ornithological society would be able to give you an idea of how common they are around your area.

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