Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Weeds vs Slabs (pics inside)

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:00

I'm with Ceres and Dave on this. By weedkilling you'll buy yourself time while you start to form ideas about what you wish to do with the garden in the longer term. If you lift the slabs you'll have a mess and a lot of work which you may not have the time for at this stage.

I.D Tree please !

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 16:36

Looks like a Kilmarnock willow and probably won't get any bigger even if it's alive.

Planting bulbs in December

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 05:33


What treatment for new Pergola?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 16:36

Actually Tetley, you need an answer from someone who had a pergola installed 20 years ago!

Help don't no what to do

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:10

If there are that many you certainly couldn't kill them all even if you set out to do that, so I would enjoy the spectacle, watch what they're doing and not worry at all about it.


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:02

I'm with Lyn on this; get a push mower and give the neighbours' ears a break.

Elderberry Tree

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 15:42

I never think of elder as a particularly prolific seeder.

advice needed

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 15:36

I'd be interested to know where the advice came from. I've been racking my brains to think of any bulb that would benefit from such treatment.

advice needed

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 13:13

What sort of bulbs are we talking about?

Swifts in decline

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:37


It's really up to all of us to do as much as we can to change the culture, perhaps by making representations direct to local planning authorities or via wildlife trusts or other local groups. Don't expect to win every situation, but believe me, there is a lot of support for the birds. We can use local news media to raise awareness. Larger companies have a lot to gain by being able to tick an 'environmental' box.

Gillian, your particular example is unfortunately typical of the lackadaisical approach of people who ought to know better. They should be made aware that Swifts leave very little evidence of nesting; what little material they use biodegrades very quickly and they take all the droppings away from the nest. The only evidence of nesting is really observation of adults and young. So the more records that we can provide the better.

4thPanda - it takes a while for Swifts to adopt nest sites, and a lot of the Swifts that are bombing around are young birds that are not yet breeding - they may not start till their 3rd or 4th year. They do tend to distract you from the nests that are in use! See the website for ways to attract Swifts.

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