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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Pruning pussy willow

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 09:09

It will keep growing! Looks as though it's almost touching the fence, so even if you keeping pruning the crown, the trunk will still get fatter

Pruning pussy willow

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 18:33


You could prune it to about half way between the top of the end fence and the top of the tree (where there's a kind of natural gap in the foliage). Just make the cut ends into a slightly curved profile. These trees are quite forgiving and it will put on about three feet of new growth by next July.


can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:14

I didn't mean your plant Doris - I meant the mystery plant.

can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:12

What did the plant look like?


Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:10

Or use a hot air paint-stripping blower - a bit less dangerous.

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:07

Makes my life difficult, trying to get jobs done for the customers!

Inspiration needed! Sunken patio/lawn edging

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 18:08

I'm with sotongeoff on this, Smithers. You could even paint the trellis a nice duck-egg blue. Will they throw themselves off the parapet on the right?


Are My Shallots Ready?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 17:58

Yes, they sound ready, Bob. Harvest them carefully by loosening underneath them with a fork and lifting carefully; gently brush most of the soil off and lay them out in the sun (!) to dry out. I spread them out, not touching each other, on a home-made chicken wire tray or one of those slatted wooden boxes, so that the air can circulate round them and quicken the drying process. The rest of the soil can be rubbed off when it is dry.


help with concrete slab !!

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 12:10

I take it that the concrete slab is on the higher level, bizzy.



What am I ?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 06:30

Never thought I'd get told off so pompously for not using scientific names, Quercus! Perhaps a knowledge of common English names would prove useful to you in communicating with the uneducated masses. I take it your alternative spelling of robur (or maybe rubra) is a deliberate pun of some sort.

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