Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Border at school

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 17:03

Does it have to be all shrubs?


Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:23

My light green hostas among purple heucheras in a semi-shaded corner look great at the moment.

Sickly smelling plant

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:19

Geraniums seem to divide people - I love the smell of all of them.

Border at school

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:08

Acid or alkaline soil?

Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 12:49


I would not suggest hiring a stump grinder unless you are really comfortable with other heavy-duty power tools like big chainsaws. There's nothing worse than learning how to use a dangerous and tiring tool on a one-off job. Hire someone to do it for you!


Gardening Abroad

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 21:03

If living abroad was just about the weather and growing red peppers it would be a great idea. The reality is that a lot of these countries close down during the winter, you need good language skills and a lot of determination to make meaningful contact with the locals, you're a long way from the culture that you know, and no-one out there wants hangers-on if you get ill or homesick.

If you wouldn't like the idea of moving 200 miles to somewhere in this country that you don't know anything about, then don't even waste your time thinking about Bulgaria.

Do you know what this pretty plant is?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:29

I also think it's a Thalictrum. How tall is it and do the plants grow more or less singly or are they somewhat mat-forming?


Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:02

Did anyone go to the RHS Malvern Show and what did you think of it? I hadn't been before, so it was a pleasant change from the later ones.

Talkback: How to build a raised vegetable bed

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:03


I think that a platform or staging would create even more structural problems, as well as - if you mean leaving an open space underneath - some additional maintenance problems.


My response to your last message didn't arrive. It was that I wouldn't recommend sleepers or other creosote-impregnated timber. It's smelly in hot weather, can ooze onto you, and probably isn't great for any edible plants that touch it.


filling in the garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 19:55

I would think that provided drainage in your garden is good there would be no need to raise the level. You see plenty of lawns at lower level than the borders, and plenty of deliberate 'sunken lawns'.

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