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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Clearing snow...

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:52

It's belittlely clod here as well

can I plant now?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:49

Yes, I would always suggest Yew. Using 15-18" plants you will already have a barrier to dogs, especially if you put a low netting round the outside as a temporary protection while the plants get established, and in a couple of years you will have a 3' high gapless hedge. After that, the sky's the limit. Plant 3' back from the pavement to allow it to grow out.

Sycamore trees

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:53

They might be the only trees left before long

can I plant now?

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:51

Bill,

If you plant spiky things too close to the corner you have to think about innocent passers-by, rather than vandals. A customer has a berberis hedge in this situation and I have to trim it about five times every year to prevent injuries to small children from the thorns, people snagging their clothes, and so on.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 06:43

I always have to look up buddleia (or buddleja, as some people prefer)!

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:57

nutcutlet,

If you plant a tree, put £5 in a jar every year and you will have a good fund by the time it comes to paying a tree surgeon.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:45

Fuchsia, after Leonhart Fuchs (German botanist).

Thank you so much

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 08:47

Welcome aboard, Lisa and Nigel, and do feel confident to ask what you may think are silly questions that everyone except you knows the answer to. One valuable technique in meetings is to 'ask the dumb question', thus prompting the resident expert to recap the important points of a subject - much to the relief of everyone else at the meeting who have forgotten the details or who didn't understand it first time round.

Enjoy the board!

Joe  

Laburnum Tree

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 09:33

Well, I think you've got the answer there, Rose, which is that it's all about good parenting and education. I spent all my childhood grubbing about among berries, fungi and so on, as did many of my friends, without any ill-effects. The answer is to get closer to the plants rather than further away from them. I'm more concerned about what many people deliberately give their children to eat!

Joe

Laburnum Tree

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 16:28

If we took out all the toxic plants, we'd have some very big gaps in gardens! The usual problem is trying to get kids to eat peas or any other greens. I think fear of poisoning is greatly overstated. 

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