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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:57

Andrew,

Garden tools have generally evolved to be the optimum for the job, but inevitably the weak link is the person who has to use them, and if the person is not strong, flexible, patient or sensible enough to do the job they often blame the tools. The result of this is that people re-design tools so that they are theoretically able to be used by a wider range of people, but the effectiveness of the tool is then compromised: it's often light and weak, so it breaks, whether it's a hand tool or an under-designed power tool.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:41

They were the seeds of wild flowers, and it clearly said what species they were on the packet, so I guess that's OK.

Re-levelling a lawn

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:34

I can't help feeling that the existing slope is providing you with some drainage on this heavy soil. The more level it is, the more likely you are to have standing water.

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:30

There's not really any point in adding to the unnecessary application of pesticides by spraying sawfly larvae or a lot of others. They have a place in the web of life. For what it's worth, my Solomon's Seal hasn't been affected yet, and when they are, long after the plants have done their thing for this year, I see it as being an interesting and fascinating process by which nature uses its resources, rather than a nuisance.

Me runners are shrivelled!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:19

Rain every day since April, and now like October! You need to move house from this forsaken spot.

unsightly tree stumps

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 19:25

If the trees are hers, I would have thought they could be cut down to the ground and a fence made. If the trees are her neighbour's and they are as ugly as sin she might ask neighbour to cut them down. Are the trees on the legal fenceline or to one side of it?

Hanging a Horseshoe

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 22:39

I could never get them to work either way up.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:06

Sorry about the link, Welshonion; it worked when I first posted it, so it's a mystery to me! You're lucky to have such close encounters.

Something is snacking on my fruit trees

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:10

Looks like scab; and possibly sawfly near the top of the apple in the second pic.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:01

With the weather becoming more summery after the cold spring, it's still worth looking out for Swifts nesting - many will have started late. I've noticed more Swifts around, many of which may be young birds from previous seasons. But if you do see nesting activity please report it to your local Wildlife Trust or Ornithological Society - they will appreciate every record!

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Useful tool

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Spring!

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