Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:10

Well, it was your comment, Potter - it just struck me as rather offhand. Anyway, the HSE website tells us all we need to know about creosote for amateur and professional use. Personally, I'd use something other than smelly creosote.

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.

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