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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 18:27

This is why I unashamedly advocate making cats' lives as unpleasant as possible - short of physical violence. Scare them in any way you can: throw things towards them, shout or hiss at them, stare at them until they begin to lose confidence and then run or throw at them, make sudden loud noises, whatever else you can think of.

They do learn whose territory it is, and I have had no cats in my garden for years despite all the surrounding houses having at least one cat. It took about three months to become cat-free, with hardly any effort.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 11:41


The chances are that this family of LT Tits will have a regular round during the winter, so I'm sure you'll see them again.

urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 11:38

What a joy that we are such a civilised society that we can employ badly-paid menials to go around disposing of our smelly, disgusting domestic animal droppings.

slugs in the kitchen

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 16:42

A friend had a major problem with domestic slugs when they got into the electrical socket boxes and blew the fuses.

privet hedge

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 16:36

I would go a bit further than drama boy and cut it to less than you want then let it grow to the shape you want with new wood

Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 19:56
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I love them too, but rarely see them here in Dordogne. I have two fairly pathetic ones. I think it's just too hot here in summer. In August the ground can be really dry.


Take a trip to the Massif Central - you'll find them on the slopes of the Puy de Sancy and many other places.


can I plant now?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:13
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Yew berries are very poisonous, deadly, what about passing children? I know someone whose horse died from eating yew.

We've had a bit of discussion about this elsewhere. Grazing animals might eat lots of it and die as a result, but:

1. people very rarely chomp a lot of hedging

2. generally, people train and look after their children

3. yew trees are everywhere and we don't close down parks, churchyards and the countryside because there yew trees around

4. lots of other plants are toxic; where do we stop?

Clearing snow...

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:52

It's belittlely clod here as well

can I plant now?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:49

Yes, I would always suggest Yew. Using 15-18" plants you will already have a barrier to dogs, especially if you put a low netting round the outside as a temporary protection while the plants get established, and in a couple of years you will have a 3' high gapless hedge. After that, the sky's the limit. Plant 3' back from the pavement to allow it to grow out.

Sycamore trees

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:53

They might be the only trees left before long

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