Steve the Gardening Vet

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Neighbor’s Ivy

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 14:20

In what way is it a health hazard? Has it dragged your grandchildren to their doom?

Chop it back each year and be glad that you live somewhere that increasingly rare sparrows are nearby.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 20:11

We are good thanks, I'm still working seven days most weeks unless I have cover. Finally managed to get my bulbs in pots on xmas eve...

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 26/12/2017 at 19:54

Just popping by briefly to wish all best wishes of the mid winter festival, in whatever way you celebrate it.


Posted: 14/12/2017 at 13:14

Hence why I said 'uncommon' not 'impossible'.


Posted: 14/12/2017 at 12:59
Lfin100 says:


I have a cat which has recently started using my garden as its toilet, despite me shouting out of the window at it when I see it! I really want to stop this as I have a three year old who plays in the garden and we have started seeing large piles of excrement on the grass near her slide and toys. Also, the cats favourite place to use is the large border in my front garden, which next year I would like to turn into a veggie patch. So of course I want to break this habit as soon as I can!

I have heard that some things like cayenne pepper or 'cat off' type products have mixed results, so I would like to know if anybody has any child friendly recommendations. 

Many thanks in advance!


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 Just a random thought, have you seen the cat going on the lawn? It is quite uncommon for them to do so. Are you sure it isn't a fox?

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 05/12/2017 at 13:43

Nothing in this house until the 15th...

Dwarf Evergreen Shrubs

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 08:48

I had a lovely dwarf escallonia that held its leaves splendidly last winter. Well, I did until a cat slept on in a few weeks ago and now it is somewhat flatter... It gets until spring to recover and if it doesn't then it is off to the compost bin!

Protecting new trees

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 22:48

I'd suggest training the dog to pee against a provided pole in a specific area away from plants?

Hoe, hoe, hoe?

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 21:01

I may be being a bit thick here, which one in the link should I be looking at?

Hoe, hoe, hoe?

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 20:52

Thank you all. Like herding cats, everyone has different and valid opinions and all valuable!

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