Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Help with Garden Layout/Softening look of garden

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:43

If shade is an issue, try to lift the plants into the sun a bit more. They've done this to some extent in your photos.


Diseased hedge diagnosis

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:24

I'm with Dove on this. These plants look quite old, and shrubs don't live forever.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:52

It's worth looking at the 2015 results on the Birdwatch website.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:00

I've done survey work for the last three BTO Atlases, flowers, and been a member for many years. The Garden Birdwatch is simply a different animal, not an inferior one.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:19

Have you taken this up with the RSPB, flowers?

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:47

Lyn and flowersintherain, I can see where you're coming from with your comments above, but you are mistaking the point of the count. It's not a competition to see as many species as possible in your local area. The methodology is designed to achieve information about garden birds which is comparable from year to year - it's as simple as that - and while the RSPB accepts that some people will not stick to the system, the best way to do this survey is to do exactly what they ask.

I was going to do the count yesterday, but got dragged away halfway through the hour by which time I'd seen a Dunnock. The fine but windy morning seemed to have sent all the birds into hiding. So I did 8 till 9 today and there was quite a lot of activity. The slight drizzle with windless conditions suited the birds much better.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 09:57

If it's his tree, poisoning it is an offence by you.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 14:34



Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:30

We used Dog's Breath - it was horrible.

gardening toolbox

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:23

I'm not sure if I'm one of the naysayers, but I would have said that only by thinking through something first will you avoid doing something that's a waste of time, effort and materials.

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