Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 11:42

The answer to Victoria Sponge's problem is, to be a bit blunt, that if you're complaining about broken tools you are blaming them for your own shortcomings, which might come under several headings:

You aren't assessing the job properly - you can't do hard work with inadequate implements. That's why they don't attach car wheels with a 1mm Allen key. Digging out 25-kilo lumps of clay needs a big tool.

You're impatient, so you don't swap the tool you've got in your hand for one that will actually be more suitable.

You're buying cheap and expecting quality - nothing more to say.

Your technique is all wrong.

You aren't up to the job and you need to hire someone that is.

You're trying to do something that is completely impracticable.

Rowan Tree problems

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:52

Rowans can look a bit tatty very early in the autumn. If trees have been a bit stressed from lack of water (it's been a dry summer) they'll shut down unnecessary functions.

Lavender bush

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 07:31

Or you could start again with a new plant.

Creating a Wildflower meadow garden.

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:06

Commercial seed mixes are not always appropriate to the type of site and soil that you've got. I had a bit to do with a wildflower meadow which was sown by contractors and in two seasons almost none of the seeded plants were left, because the mix was intended for light soil and this ground was clay. I replanted the area using plugs and things are now looking up. 

So have a think about appropriate plants and be prepared for a surprise/shock. Generally wildflower meadows are cut right down and raked off in late summer to reduce the fertility.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:58

Finished in someone's garden yesterday with cat sh..poo on my boots and all over my ladder. Same again the day before. So I'm giving up on those two gardens because I can't stand the smell and the cleaning up. Neither of the owners has a cat, so it's tough on them, but I'm putting myself first.

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:36

Unless there's a good reason not to I'd plant in September.

Plants ID please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:33

Is No 1 Physalis?

Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:30

Which direction are we facing?

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:25

I think we have to assume a certain degree of common sense, competence and the ability of a poster to fully acquaint themselves with a site and employ professional help if they decide the job is beyond them after they've researched the necessary techniques. After all, a careless prod with a crowbar could hit an unexploded bomb.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 12:58

If you're going to dig it out, do it now, before it gets big enough to taje up all the space on your photo!

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