Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Privacy Issue

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 06:55

blairs, I think the Council might see through that plan, (apart from the fact that I'm not convinced that building a 6 ft fence on top of a 4 ft wall would be either a cheap or straightforward job) - and I have to say that, as far as I can tell from the pictures, in this situation it would be an eyesore as it wouldn't be in keeping with anything else around the area. In a case like this I would approach the Council for their advice and definitive ruling - then you've got something to rely on if there are complaints.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:04

'not that great for the environment'

That's ok then.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:59

Going back to what blairs wrote, there is normally a limit to the height of fence you are allowed to have next to a public footway - check with the Council.

Apart from that, I'm very much with those who suggest shrubs closer to the house, rather than crowding the boundary; it will be more effective, look better and not be a nuisance in the future to passers-by. I think the problem is ultimately that you've bought a house on a street corner and, however hard you try, the solution will only be a compromise, so go for something you can live with.

I find that people aren't as nosey as one might fear, but watch out for the ones carrying step-ladders.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:47


It's entirely possible that you saw a Hen Harrier in Essex. Apart from home-grown birds we do get a fair few winter visiting birds from Europe.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:42

I'm very impressed with the Garden Warbler record, Pansyface. You must be in a very warm part of the country.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:59

Garden Warbler??

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 18:04

They're what Noddy has on his car.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:50


Collared Doves have been on Orkney and Shetland since for 40+ years. They even bred in the Faeroes and Iceland in the early 70s.

Tootles, what are yellow tits?

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:22

Any type of tool has its limitations, at which point you have to move up to the next level, eg. pruning saw or small bow-saw instead of loppers or secateurs.

aerating shoes

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:41

Are they any good for aerating lawns?

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