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Weed ID

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 17:35

Feverfew is supposedly a remedy for headaches.  You put the chopped leaves in a sandwich and munch.

I tried it once and the smell made me feel sick enough to forget my headache.  I suppose then you could say it worked....after a fashion

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:42

Look for Arundo donax or Glyceria.  Looks a bit too floppy for a Phormium.


Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:22

Once you start raising the council tax for environmental impact, you are on a slippery slope.

You then need to take into consideration the amount of rubbish people produce - particularly non recyclable.   The number of dogs perhaps.......we all have to pay for the Dog Loo's which are provided, and emptied, at a cost.  Those who generally litter their gardens and the surrounding roadsides....they all live somewhere but they don't pay extra tax under the present regime for the cost of clearing up and disposing.  Where do you draw the line ?

I agree it is detrimental ( to all of us really ) when gardens are hard landscaped to provide the householder with parking areas but would anyone complain when huge swathes are used for supermarket parking ?

If the object is to be environmentally friendly, then back gardens ( often covered with slabs, decking or similar ) would also need to come into the equation.


Fed up

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 14:39

Hello MikefromMichigan

Welcome to the forum........hope you enjoy using it.  I don't think we have many members from the US.


Magazine titles

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 14:29

There are 2 I regularly pick up in garden centres/nurseries/farm shops, etc. .  Both are free ..........

Country Gardener......I believe it is UK wide but with regional issues.

The Landsman......not sure if this is only available in the SW tho.

I've got a couple of copies if you want to have a look ?

I don't tend to buy magazines these days so not up to date with what's available I'm afraid. 

Fed up

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 19:08


I'd be happy if my garden looked half as good bulkerb........I can imagine you would be sad not to be working in such a setting but.........your clients are having you on.  Take your obvious talents elsewhere and work for someone who appreciates you

Fed up

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:36

Pointless comments Verdun ?

I agree that photos would help posters to give a fair and unbiased opinion but who in their right minds would continue to employ someone for the time stated if they weren't happy with the standard of work ?

I know gardening doesn't provide instant results ( unless you get TV involved of course ) but you would have a damn good idea within that time frame  if someone was worth their salt or not

Fed up

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:25

I'd agree with both of the above.  If your clients were so unhappy how come they kept you on for 11 months ?

Sounds very much like an inability to stick their hands in their pockets.  Hope you get it sorted and find more congenial clients.

Beware bark chippings!

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:19

Does it not depend on where you are sited ?  Griselinas aren't always the hardiest.

I would agree with Verdun that the bark chippings aren't likely to be toxic - any such problem would have been highlighted a long time ago considering how much bark chippings are sold.

Late vegetable bed

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:14

The courgettes will also require a lot of feeding/manure to crop well.  The Lavender may not like that

One courgette plant for 2 people Steve ?  I would always aim for at least 2 - 3 if you want to make lots of Ratatouille

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