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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 06:37

If you take notice of which species of gull you see following ships, especially fishing vessels, you will see that they are always Herring Gulls - they are by nature opportunist feeders; same thing at coastal colonies - they are the ones that steal other birds' food and eat other birds. Therefore you can't expect them to change their habits to suit us. We are at the moment taking away some of their food sources, by different fishing methods, improved practices at refuse tips, coastal degradation, etc. So they will look elsewhere to scavenge and, as Pansyface says, where better than towns and cities where food is plentiful through people providing a 24/7 buffet?

We are in the middle of a very noticeable process of change with Herring Gulls and our reaction is to blame the birds, which are only doing their best to survive. The only advice you can give to people is not to make themselves a target, i.e. don't sit on the sea-front at Looe with a tray of fish and chips next to a sign that says 'Don't feed the gulls'.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 15:44

Herring Gulls are delivering a message to us about looking after the planet and our local environment. (They also delivered a message to me a few years ago when I went for a couple of days to the island of Rum, or Rhum whichever you prefer, and left my car standing directly under a street lamp at Mallaig!)

Anybody grow ornamental millet?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 06:40

Not easy to over-winter.

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:38

Thanks, nut; I was really asking NorthernLass, because I don't really see a problem. Once the caterpillars start gnawing at the leaves you can just cut them back like any other perennial that has become food for all sorts of critters and fungi.

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:57

Do the larvae affect the plants during the flowering period?

Please ID

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:59

Looks like some sort of willow.

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:57


Garden tools have generally evolved to be the optimum for the job, but inevitably the weak link is the person who has to use them, and if the person is not strong, flexible, patient or sensible enough to do the job they often blame the tools. The result of this is that people re-design tools so that they are theoretically able to be used by a wider range of people, but the effectiveness of the tool is then compromised: it's often light and weak, so it breaks, whether it's a hand tool or an under-designed power tool.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:41

They were the seeds of wild flowers, and it clearly said what species they were on the packet, so I guess that's OK.

Re-levelling a lawn

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:34

I can't help feeling that the existing slope is providing you with some drainage on this heavy soil. The more level it is, the more likely you are to have standing water.

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:30

There's not really any point in adding to the unnecessary application of pesticides by spraying sawfly larvae or a lot of others. They have a place in the web of life. For what it's worth, my Solomon's Seal hasn't been affected yet, and when they are, long after the plants have done their thing for this year, I see it as being an interesting and fascinating process by which nature uses its resources, rather than a nuisance.

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