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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 11:43

New Horizon peat-free seems to be reliable and consistent year after year, and doesn't seem difficult to water.

Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 12:05

Water voles will feed on root crops and, should anyone think they're not capable of that, that they will also gnaw tree bark. I think you need to be fairly expert to read the signs that animals leave behind and give a definitive answer.

Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 09:38

I suggest approaching your local Wildlife Trust. They will know if there are water voles locally and they will either have, or have access to, someone who knows all about water voles. They will be only too happy to look at the damage and tell you who the culprit is.


Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:39


You want to 'make' teachers work as childminders during their school holiday breaks?

Planting to disguise very large fence

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:32

As this is your fence, would it be possible to lessen its visual effect by slicing a couple of feet off the top of it?

Big Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 10:31

If you know anyone who thinks the object of the garden birdwatch is to cheat on times to count as many birds as they can, please persuade them not to. A nil return is as valuable as any other.

Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 09:29

Water voles are very much associated with water and don't move far from their homes. Are you near waterways?

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 09:25

I wonder if people's expectations of how quickly a garden can be sorted out are still subconsciously affected by Titchmarsh and his Groundforce chums apparently doing the whole job in a weekend, and by some of the copycat programmes that pop up from time to time. What viewers needed to realise was that a lot of this work was achieved on substantial TV programme budgets and hefty inputs of advertising freebies from suppliers.

The good advice on this thread is to pace yourself and enjoy your achievements while not worrying much about what's still to be done.

As to the two specific comments about work not being properly done by contractors, there is no better way to choose a gardener than by word of mouth recommendation. Talk to them about the job and get a quotation for the exact work required, but accept that when they start digging they might find unexpected problems, so they need to know that they can talk it through with you and come to an agreement about varying the price.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 10:11

Ravens here are ready to nest. Their display flights over the house are spectacular - gliding around, wingtips almost touching (think of a pair of skaters); sometimes doing tumbles and rolls and almost flying upside down. And a special melodious piping noise quite unlike their usual snorts and croaks.


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?


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