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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Allotment shed can anyone help!?!

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:11

This sounds like a Parish Council that has no idea what its role is. I can't believe that there aren't really important things to do in your village, like ensuring that public footpaths are properly maintained, leaning on houseowners who let their hedges overhang the pavement, sorting out people who leave dog-muck everywhere, etc. It sounds as though what they are doing to you is trying to make themselves look so busy that they haven't got time to deal with important and difficult things.

Why not get on the Council yourself and stir things up a bit?

Surround for a preformed pond

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:03

I would support this sort of pond liner by washing sand down around the edges with a hosepipe until I was reasonably sure that all the voids underneath and under the surround were full of sand. (You would have to do this with the pond full or it would tend to float!) To help with this I would dig the hole about 6" wider all round than the liner itself, and make sure the hole was deep enough that the top surface of the surround of the liner was flush with the ground, which would help when you came to lay stones around it. 

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 09:52

Welcome to the forum, buddy. With respect, you've picked on a very atypical thread as an excuse to give us a homily about bad behaviour. Mostly, we're helpful, hopeful, cheerful, happy, positive, discursive, kind, generous with our time and always up for a bit of joshing.

Ground Drainage

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:48


Is this a newly built house?

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:44

Make sure that you keep them well-watered (not drowned!) through the spring and summer.

Crocus flowers not opening

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:46

It's cold, it's dull - they just don't like it and, as nucutlet says, each flower has only a limited lifespan.

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 09:04

It's so easy to produce or buy new plants that I can't imagine going to all that trouble.

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 08:43


People here grow lots of flowers, so that they can bring some into the house and still have plenty left in the garden. Many of the flowers that we grow are ideal for this, because cutting them for the house or for presents encourages the plant to make more blooms. Apart from anything else it makes more sense than flying them thousands of miles from Africa or South America.

I imagine the tradition of bringing them into the house is hundreds of years old. People used to bring flowers and herbs into houses in the hope of preventing or curing diseases, or to bring good fortune.

National Garden Scheme

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 16:15

I would say that as your garden has been accepted for the scheme you have nothing serious to worry about. Treat this year as a learning year - you'll get plenty of feedback and tips. Good luck, sparkly!

Golden leylandi

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:51

If you cut them down to 8 or 9 feet the branches that are left 'in the green' will still grow. 

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