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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

small bird watch

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 19:44

It seems that most of the wintering Blackcaps come from western Europe and start to return there as the breeding season approaches.

fast growing shrubs

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:20

What is the eyesore?

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:17

50ft is a young maturing tree. It could make over 100ft and will spread very wide as it ages.

Supporting plants

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:13

Last year Monty Don was advocating what I do, which is to buy lengths of 6mm mild steel bar and bend it to shape, a bit like these green plastic coated things you get from the GC where the plant is supported by a half-circle at whatever height you want to suit the plant. The difference is the steel is a mellow colour that surface-rusts towards dull brown, it's less than half the price of the plastic ones and you can make one in about 15 seconds.

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:01

Investigate who applied for the TPO. It might have been the builder, in order to get planning permission, in which case you are up against it, or one of the neighbours - possibly across the road - so that it would mask the new houses.

TPOs can be overturned, but you have to make a calm and considered case. In another 20 years this thing could be in through the bedroom window, you'd have to have the lights on all day, and the garden would be wholly devoted to one plant.

You must try to get this Order quashed, as the house will be increasingly difficult to resell.

I'm not a great fan of buying unseen off plan.

what is this tree?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:25

Still puzzling. If you have an i-phone, you can get plant ID apps such as Leafsnap.

what is this tree?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 20:02

That's very helpful, Bev; I'll have a think in a while and I'm sure others will, too.


Nightmare Garden To Design Around - Help Needed

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:50

I'd start by keeping the hens on the bank.

Feeding Birds / Protecting your plants

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:47

I have seen several small birds that have got tangled up in soft netting and died hanging there by their feet, so I would always recommend rigid cages made of chicken wire over a frame.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:40

There's a clear division between those who think it's OK to use peat and those who think it environmentally unsound.

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