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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener


Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:44

It is indeed their nature, but most cat-owners are not prepared to admit it, or else excuse it by saying that other predators are far worse. During visits to my gardens it is only too obvious what a sad and unecessary toll cats take on birds. There are many countries where cats (and of course other predators) have been introduced and wreaked havoc on native species; David Attenborough referred to one of these cases last week on his 'Attenborough's Ark' programme.


Posted: 13/11/2012 at 17:12

There's nothing more cheerful than a hedgeful of sparrows chirping away.

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 18:02

Referring to ChristyRose, I would make sure that pet waste doesn't contain pet food, otherwise the rats will be in there with big smiles on their faces.

Ride on mower / mini tractor - help!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:57

Don't expect a mower to do the same work that a tractor will.

wild life in portishead

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:33

Having been brought up near the Severn estuary, this reminded me of many happy birdwatching days. The first gannet I ever saw was at Arlingham, not far from Slimbridge.

Ash tree disease!

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:30

For many years people with a bit of sense in conservation organisations have recommended use of home-grown stock for planting schemes, but this has probably been largely ignored. The big contractors on civic schemes, motorway planting, etc will have followed the money and bought stock where it was readily available in large quantities and cheap. The price is now being paid.

I could readily supply 400 ash saplings from the woodland in one of my gardens!

Dealing with the impact of trees and shade

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 17:08


Am I right in thinking that none of these trees belong to you? If so, is there any prospect that some of them could be cut down?


Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:30

figrat - I was trying not to advertise! OK, Green Thumb.

jatnik - I think you misunderstood me; I'm a professional gardener, and I have no choice but to give the customer what he wants if he insists. As I said he's got every right to stripey lawns and gravel if he owns the house and pays his dues...and my bills.


Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 15:14

It's difficult not to start adopting a slight sense of ownership of other people's gardens, but in many cases you have to be content with achieving things by stealth. The customer is, sadly, always right. He's bought the house and he's paying the council tax and your invoices.

Happily, my gardens are all pretty wildlife friendly, although one has gone in for Green Digit and lost hundreds of bees as a result.

Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 14:57


It's just a question of persistently pulling out the ivy as it appears and it will take two years to get rid.


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