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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Tackling erosion

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 09:54

Thanks Carole,

I think I get the picture now. It sounds as though the rockface at the back of the house is essentially stable, but at the top of it there is a less steep slope that is a weathered layer of rock and sandy subsoil. This sounds pretty normal, geologically. Many sandstone cliffs have this sort of weathered layer capping them - the result of many thousands of years of rainfall, freezing, thawing, etc. This appears to be where much of the material is being washed down from - so the presence of a few small rocks in the debris that you have cleared away doesn't indicate that the cliff is collapsing.Then, above this weathered layer there is a woodland on a more organic soil, but which still produces finer debris/soil that the heavy rain is washing down.

Have I got this right, and do you own the bank right up into the woodland?


Designing a patio: Survey

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:36

Not many replies here, which I would imagine is because most people wanting to make a patio would buy or borrow one of the many available good books, look on a website such as this or other practical guide websites, ask a friend, a gardener or a garden centre for advice, and then either do it themselves or hire a professional.

I can't imagine how an advertising agency could add anything to this.

Tackling erosion

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:14


How high is the bank and what's at the top of it? Is this a newish house? Are any neighbours in a similar situation?


Can anyone help identity this plant?

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 17:09

When were the pictures taken, Dingo?

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 08:53

I don't think Lauren should have anything to do with the new fence - certainly not trying to support it - this could even be interpreted as criminal damage if the builder is really stroppy.

The solution is to get the council to sort this out.

Lauren, do your deeds say who is the owner of the old fence?


Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:50


Please don't confuse rats with voles, like Kenneth Grahame did!


I think you're being a bit pessimistic about rat numbers. See if you can find a 'listen again' on the Radio 4 programme 'More or Less' a couple of weeks ago.


Rats' purpose is about as valid as mans'


Posted: 04/01/2013 at 09:41

Rats will take food wherever they can get it, so it's really up to you to decide whether you're OK about them in the garden. If you don't, you can phone the rat-catcher. If you're happy about them at the end of the garden, then keep things clean near the house, so that there's nothing for them there.

You can take away their hiding places, for instance by not storing things untidily. Don't put too much bird food out at once, so there is more chance of the birds finishing it all up without dropping it everywhere. Grains and seeds are among rats' favourite food.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 17:16

Yes, all crows are opportunists!

new years resolution

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:26


Come on this board when you feel low and we'll share our ups and downs with you and have a smile. The friends who are no longer here to talk to will always be our friends, and we're so lucky to have known them.


Hedge or border

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:44

On a similar query recently I suggested that the best option would be yew: good looking, supremely hardy, easy to shape, disease free. Not as slow-growing as people claim - 15-18 inch bushy plants that have been shaped to multiple shoots by a good nursery will quickly put on height. Plant them 2-3 feet back from the edge of the pavement and put a 'temporary' knee-rail fence on the pavement side of them to discourage people from cutting the corner.

Berberis is spiky and a bit of a devil to cut in this situation - you'll need to do it several times a year to keep it from spiking little children on the pavement; lavender is only short-lived and one or two other things mentioned can also get a bit leggy.

Once you've got a good, sound, dog-proof boundary you can do what you like on your side with more informal plants. 

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