Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 13:56

40 yards of either retaining wall or sheet piling, if it was to achieve anything, would cost a lot. Is the bank actually yours or the farmer's? I suspect you may be worrying too much about stability if it's been the way it is for 40 years. His cows are probably indoors for the winter just now, but no doubt they'll be interested in what you get up to!

Just plant it to make it look nice.

Moving roses

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 06:34

Will the new owners be expecting these roses to be there when they move in? You should have an agreement with them - after all, they are buying the garden as well as the house.

deliberate or not

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:07


Do you happen to know if your neighbour's dad reads this forum?

Conifers and Holly

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:13

How much of your garden would you be prepared to sacrifice in order to plant a new hedge on your side of the existing one?

Allotment Hedging

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 08:58

What are these allotment authorities thinking of? They seem to come up with petty rules to justify their existence.

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 14:11

Claire, as Forester implies, it's helpful if people on the surrounding plots are doing their bit as well; otherwise it'll keep coming back onto yours.

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 21:30

A liner could bubble up in the same way, but would probably settle back better.

Battery Powered Lawn Mowers

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 16:58

There have been several mentions of 'lawns', 'medium lawns', 'really large lawns', a small area of rough grass and 'an orchard'. I've only used tiny mains electric mowers, so I've nothing to add that helps the OP, but perhaps some actual areas would help him/ her to decide.

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 06:51


I had a customer with a pre-formed pond. The garden used to get waterlogged most winters - standing water all over the lower part of the lawn where the pond was located - and the problem was exactly as you fear. The pond floated 100 - 150mm up out of the lawn when the water table was high and of course never really settled back properly into the excavation in summer, so the edge of the pond looked ugly and the surrounding slabs didn't look great.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:14

Used to have them in the garden when I was still at school (way back!). Super little birds.

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