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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

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.


please help- car battery acid in soil how can i change this and make it a good?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 14:52

Yes, do ask the Council. They should have kept a record of the removal of toxic material.



Posted: 11/10/2012 at 14:33

Bea, if you search on the RHS website you will find a comprehensive guide to lawn turfing. Good luck and don't skimp on the quality of the turf - there is some rubbish around.


Giverny in September

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:22


It is crowded! But if you adjust your brain before you go in, you can ignore people. Also, we made the mistake of going as soon as it opened in the morning, but that's when all the coaches arrive, so it might be better to go after lunch - it seemed less crowded, but perhaps we were used to it by then. And it's no worse than Hidcote.

So go and enjoy it, and don't forget to explore the village.

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:11

Every fruit has its time when its ripe and ready to eat. Yesterday, there was a small flock of mistle thrushes having a grand feast on our local yew berries.


Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:07

I'm sure Dove's link gives you the answer, ghog. They're very common. As far as poisoning is concerned, the answer is to leave them where they are. It's funny how we are tempted to think of fungi as food, when we wouldn't even consider the possibility of eating Red Campion or Hostas.


Fairy Ring

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:54

I'm not sure there's much you can do to kill it off, but you could re-sow the grass as the fairies move on.



Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:50


Do you get standing water on this area, or is it very soggy over the autumn and winter months?


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