Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:36

Does the farmer even know what his beasts are doing? Just have a quiet word with him about your garden, and try to find a non-threatening way of introducing a timescale into the conversation.

Plant/weed ID

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:12

As invasive species go, it's about the easiest to deal with. Very shallow-rooted annual, so simply pull it out with the root, give it a crush to break the stem and then put it somewhere to dry out. If you (and the neighbours, Dove!) do it now, and again in a month's time you should get rid of it in two summers. Whatever you do, don't let it flower and seed.


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:40

They work a treat and are barely visible.

Drainage issues

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 20:56

Approach the council - they have responsibilities.

Drainage issues

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:01

Who's in charge of these allotments?

House martins

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:30

Sounds good - send us a picture richi

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:52

On most mowers you wouldn't be able to swing it on a rope as they are designed with 'dead man's handles', i.e. you have to have hold of the handlebar all the time to keep the engine running. I have seen idiots get round this by tying the handle in the 'on' position with a bungy elastic or gaffer tape. This is a recipe for cutting lumps off your own feet.

Get a grip - pay someone else to have the accident - at least they might be insured (but don't let them do the tying the handle trick on your property!)

Child proofing garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:43

Possibly dig the slabs and the bomb site out, rebuild the step up between the two levels, cover the area with a well-compacted layer of crushed stone about 4 inches thick to keep the weeds down and then surface it with slate chippings. One of those big bags that has to be craned off a lorry would probably cover this - two certainly would.

Then you've got an area for a picnic table, a swing, some big pots of plants and no mud being trod into the house.

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 06:37

I would seriously consider getting someone in to mow the lawns. There's no point in having a stupid accident and ending up not being able to enjoy the rest of the Lake District.

Slugs and lupins

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 06:13

I stopped trying to grow lupins many years ago because of slug damage. Much as I like lupins, I couldn't see the point of keeping on trying. There are thousands of other flowers to use which will be fine in a sluggy area and you won't have all this heartache, visits to garden centres and dalliance with poisons to try to solve an insoluble problem. 

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