Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Advice on how close to plant tree to house.

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:40

How near is your neighbour's house to your trees?

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:09

It's debatable in law whether the horse muck becomes the property of the landowner by virtue of it becoming part of the surface. And the landowner might not stop to ask, in the heat of the moment, why you appear to be digging up his land.

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:27

It's not a good idea to go out collecting stuff from the countryside - it belongs to someone.

Levelling clay soil garden

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 20:07


Just so we can get an idea of how big a job you might have, could you tell us the size of the garden.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:52

I plead not guilty to accusing you of abuse Fishy. Take them back and get a refund, then we can all have a drink.

Fresh Horse Mannure

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:41


ID please

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:27

And while you're bewaring that, beware of Alchemilla mollis for the same reason.

Fresh Horse Mannure

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:23

I thought this was the Site Feedback, or is 'Fresh Horse Manure' a user comment?

Garden rescue

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:12

I've found the prog increasingly hard to watch since I noticed that Charlie and her mates are always brushing their hair out of their eyes; they should be on half pay.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:54

It's interesting to see this old thread dug up again Fishy. Being 6'3" and as strong as an ox is not the only consideration. Your body automatically uses its muscles, sinews, balance and weight to achieve all sorts of things, but the tool is what it is - it can't make adjustments, so if you overload it the tool just snaps or bends. It really is pointless to blame the tool; it's like expecting a 2CV to win the Formula 1 championship. So I wouldn't alter my post of 21/8/14.

"I think garden tools should be built to cope with things you might find in a garden."

Victoria Sponge, decent tools are built to cope with things you find in the garden, but it's the appropriateness of the tool and the mindset of the gardener that's the problem. You would no more think of digging up a tree with a border trowel than you would choose to use a JCB for bedding out pansies.

I've broken a couple of tools over the years - the ash handle of Dad's old spade (circa 1950) finally rotted through at the rivets about five years ago and the blade of a Wolf trowel which I was trying out a few years ago bent rather quickly. Apart from that, tools have always given me the service I expected, and I've done some big, awkward, heavy jobs over many years. (I'm 5'10", slim, not getting any younger, but I work out the best way to do the job and the customers are happy.)

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