Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 15:06

If we just do what the RSPB asks us to, no more and no less, with all the instructions observed literally, then the survey will work as they have designed it to. Unfortunately people start interpreting it for their own preferences (I've seen them at it), so the survey returns have to be modified to compensate for bias and silliness as well as for ID skills.

It's not meant to be a twitchers' competition - we can do that during the other 8783 hours this year. Enjoy the day, and even if you only see one Dunnock then that's a valid result.

Schizostylis coccinea

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 14:42

They're unkillable in this garden!

Who are they???

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:46

Get a smaller one like Hidcote. I think it could be a bit restrictive not allowing any flopping leaves. I was thinking of heucheras and heucherellas in all their different colour forms, and the foliage isn't very messy.

New fence

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:41

I suggest you might write to him explaining exactly what you're doing and asking if he has any objection and, if so, to put that objection in writing. Say that you're marking the legal boundary in post and wire (needs only to be 2ft or so high) and then building your own fence on your land. Tell him that he is not at liberty to interfere with your new fence in any way, including allowing plants to grow up it. Record the present situation with photos, making sure there are some reference points showing the existing fenceposts and the new wire fence. Leave a couple of feet between the fences so that you can walk between for inspection and maintenance. Keep all this safely in case there is any dispute when either of you sells.

walnut tree

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:19

Yes, go on, get a TPO. A 45ft walnut is a good tree.


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 14:22

My garden's almost exactly the same size; the previous owners had done a Groundforce on it: sleepers that prevented drainage, little areas of 'lawn' that were no good for anything, and only one plant worth saving.

How badly do you need a lawn? It looks to me as though it's fatally challenged by shade, clay and too much traffic.



War and Peace

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 15:56

P. salicifolia doesn't grow that big; I'm not sure what this tree is though. I would go for a poplar. Where is W&P filmed?

Where to start...

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 14:08

Good to hear how things are going, Dan. It sounds like progress.

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:20

Sorry Grabs, I was talking about large scale overflows much further 'downstream', which come into operation at times of high rainfall. But I was still thinking you could insert a diversion in your gutter downpipe to feed a couple of connected water butts, and leave the hair and toothpaste to go into the sewer. You'll have more than enough water from the roof to feed a small garden.

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:12

The problem is that combined sewer overflows pollute rivers and the sea. Anything anyone can do to use their rainwater will help, so Grabs could divert his downpipe to a water-butt and a soakaway if feasible.

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