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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

New turf down, do I need to water when its raining?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:10

Yes, you need to keep it wet through to where the roots meet the surface you've laid the turf on. Sun and drying winds at this time of year can dry the turf out without you noticing until it's too late.

Tools we wish were cheaper

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:06

I guess your perception is that if you only use each tool for a small number of hours in any year, you may not be getting your money's worth. As I do a number of gardens, some quite large, and some of the work is quite intensive, perhaps I get a clearer view of the value of tools in terms of how much work I get out of them.

I'm convinced that generally you get what you pay for. For instance, I tried to make do with a petrol strimmer that was always on the edge of being inadequate. For another £150 I've got a machine that will easily do everything I want.

It's the same, with reservations, with hand tools. You can buy a spade for a few pounds in Homebase, but it won't be the same as a well-made stainless steel spade costing £30, which will make your work so much easier. The reservation is that some hand tools are made to be pretty or trendy, and can cost far more than they're worth.

Bindweed? Knotweed? advice appreciated

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 08:50

Houttuynia cordata has a very ... interesting .... smell.

holly fern

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:24

I'm sure it will be happy, jimp. I've seen it growing wild on Scottish mountains.

holly fern

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 06:40

It could be still OK. Last year's leaves die off in the spring and the new ones start coming through. On the other hand, it could have died from drought in a small pot with no watering. Plant it out somewhere damp and hope for the best.

Blue Butterfly

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 07:25

 lets talk about,yes that's right BUTTERFLIES, 

We were! (It's great fun to watch them hatching.)


The age old problem of cats !

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 07:11

Who needs 10 cats?

holly fern

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 07:10

How long have you had this plant, jimpy?

Blue Butterfly

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 06:30

I just wondered why you decided on Holly Blue. All blue butterflies are 'small' relative to, say, the Vanessids. If you said to me 'What's this medium sized black bird?', it could be blackbird, chough, grackle depending on exact description and location.

Blue Butterfly

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 12:05

Which is why I wonder about fidget's conclusion about the butterfly's identity. No picture, no description and no location = no identification.

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