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  • #39

    jaq Boc (Thursday, 27 June 2019 23:09)

    hi again Mike
    Any tips of removing ants? just about all my garden pots and lawn are covered with them :(

  • #38

    jaq Boc (Thursday, 27 June 2019 22:53)

    Hi Mike, great web page thanks.
    do you have a facebook page ?

    jaq in Burnham on crouch, Essex.

  • #37

    Linda smith (Thursday, 13 June 2019 20:58)

    My front garden is a bog every time it rains water come out underneath front step

  • #36

    cas (Monday, 10 June 2019 11:18)

    keep on killing nature using posion, why don't ya !!

  • #35

    deb (Saturday, 08 June 2019 08:01)

    what is the rubber pond liner repair kit you recommend?

  • #34

    Little Weed (Sunday, 07 April 2019 03:19)

    We are planning to convert our home to as climate-resistant, eco-friendly a state as possible, and your guide to planting for climate change was just what I needed to plan the garden.

    One piece of advice you give, however, has since been overtaken by events - as of 2018, rain across most of the UK has been sufficiently acidic to damage gardens, so watering from a rain barrel is now worse for most plants than tapwater.

    But on the other hand, rainwater doesn't have to be pumped from a resevoir, so it's the more environmentally friendly option overall.

  • #33

    Paula (Thursday, 04 April 2019)

    Trying to get rid of ivy. If roots are left in ground will they sprout?
    NO roundup please. Causes cancer which is worse than ivy.

  • #32

    Nancy V Fortunato R.N. (Saturday, 30 March 2019)


  • #31

    S Bazlinton (Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:08)

    No one seems to know or mention in information about badgers that they rip apart wild bee nests.
    Over a 18mth period we had 15 wild bee nests destroyed and two wasp nests on a 1.5 acre site in the countryside. Just imagine how many that must be throughout the country, no wonder wild bee numbers are declining!!!
    As a beekeeper this is of serious concern as they are known to push over bee hives!

  • #30

    Mr Christopher Anderson. (Sunday, 27 January 2019 21:05)

    Dear sir.

    I am currently working my way through a Japanese garden design course it’s an online company called horticultural correspondence college. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to design a sensory garden?

  • #29

    pat (Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:23)

    im planning to put a straw bale in a box to rot and hopefully heat the green house to some degree, my green house is 18 ft long, will one bale of straw have enough effect to notice.

  • #28

    EDIE (Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:45)


  • #27

    Carol (Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:16)

    Really useful information. We are living on an old finca up a mountain in Spain. All highly terraced with a lot of repairs needed. Do you have further suggestions for repairing a collapsed terrace? Also, our water comes via acequias, old moorish channels, some of the terraces around these have collapsed due to water flow or change of course. Any thoughts on how to manage where water is involved?
    Many thanks

  • #26

    Veruca (Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:58)


    I like your picture of the ground covers. I'm using it as a goal for my summer patio planting. Thanks.

  • #25

    jean gibbs (Monday, 12 November 2018 10:30)

    I'vebeen told that badgers wont dig through gravel - is this true? they've certainly done all the other things in your helpful article!

  • #24

    Bill Carss (Friday, 26 October 2018)

    My garden pond is 3 to 2 feet deep and I want to turn into a bog garden. The bottom is covered in mud and plant debris, lily roots etc, Do I have to clean it all out and can I fill it in the bottom with old building materials and to what depth?

  • #23

    Nigel O (Sunday, 21 October 2018 11:05)

    I have ivy intertwined in leylandii. I can cut the ivy stems a foot or so above the ground, but it isn't practicable to get the roots out of the ground. You suggest using glyphosate on the remaining stems, but doesn't glyphosate only work on green leaves, not a bare stem?

    If you will reply here I will revisit this page for an answer; thanks.

  • #22

    S C Bazlinton (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 09:53)

    Thanks for the helpful info on badgers. A real problem. However you don’t seem to have mentioned their predilection for bees nests and bee hives. Over a 18 month period we had 15 wild bee (and a couple of wasp nests) ripped open by badgers, this on a 1.5 acre site, this replicated across the country is an immense destruction of pollinators! In Essex we have had hives pushed over by badgers. I am a bee keeper.

  • #21

    Bobbi White (Saturday, 23 June 2018 14:15)

    I really appreciate your page about gardening for people with disabilities! I'm 71 and have bad osteoarthritis.

    One thing I'm having real problems with in the lovely weather is watering. I have a full water butt, but I can't use the water because I can't carry a full (or even half full) watering can, and our household taps are not suitable for attaching a hose. This could be remedied in time but I need to water NOW!
    Can't attach a hose to the water butt either as the tap isn't suitable. I have acquired a new tap for that purpose but unless |I drain the water it can't be fitted.
    How about putting your adaptive skills to work on a way to move water round the garden - I can't find any information about this on the internet, although yours is certainly the most helpful site I've found!

  • #20

    Jill (Friday, 15 June 2018 00:11)

    Hi Mike
    I am involved in creating a sensory, therapeutic and social garden at my son's long term care home in Hordle, Hampshire. They have a lovely garden overlooking a field with woods at the far end. My son, who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic spastic, has lived there with 5 other residents with complex and multiple disabilities for the last 20 years. The garden had only had a lawn cut and quick hedge cut during that time.

    With the incentive of an inter care home gardening competition in 2015, I decided to take a proper look at the garden. It was overgrown with fir trees, nettles and weeds with no place to grow anything new. I found some ‘pop up garden bins’ from a discount store and filled them with compost so the first year we were able to grow some tomatoes, chillies and lettuce. But I am only a very amateur gardener.

    In 2016 I started a volunteer’s monthly garden working party to help cut down trees, weed and make some space for more vegetables and bulbs for the next spring. We are now in our 4th season but have had difficulty getting enough new volunteers. I came across your flowerpotman website when filling in time on my phone during a rather boring meeting! Wow! what a revelation that you are offering all this advice to make a sensory garden. I’ve now copied it out for my son’s care home as I want to inspire them with the possibilities of using the garden in a more creative way.

    Mike, are you available for helping look at what is priority and what is possible in an existing garden?
    Does anybody else have experience of creating a sensory garden for adults with multiple disabilities?

  • #19

    Leserley (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:53)

    Great help! I wanted to do this years ago and people kept saying it wasn't possible. You've made it sound well worth trying. I used to go to a place on a hill when I was little and roll down through the meadow grass. It was like hay but had ladies slipper and Canterbury bells other flowers I can't remember because I was little. Most of all it smelled wonderful! I think of it so much. I shall be 70 next year and I think it's time I had my garden how I want it. It's on a bit of a slope so I may even try and roll down it, arthritis and all, just for old-time's sake! I'm a widow and live alone so there's no one else to satisfy. My soil here is sandy, so I've started to read what I need. Thank you so much!

  • #18

    cyd cyd park (Friday, 25 May 2018 19:10)

    Telling people to put Round up on their garden is just criminal and irresponsible.

  • #17

    Peter Wilkinson (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 15:32)

    You might like to consider updating your ivy page, since Amazon say your recommended killer is not available and they can’t say when or if it will be. Helpful page otherwise though, thank you.

  • #16

    Colin (Sunday, 20 May 2018 16:05)

    A Boules playing area is known as a ‘terrain’ NOT a ‘court’.
    Also I think your cost estimates for a small playing area might be a bit high.
    I have constructed one 15m x 18m for about £1500 but there was already a good solid base of rubble and this did not include any labour costs.

  • #15

    Dani (Monday, 07 May 2018 12:20)

    Thanks this has been very helpful my garden is like one giant bramble patch . I will take your advice but please I felt slightly offended about some of your comments.

  • #14

    RUTH (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:37)

    LONG HANDLED TOOLS? I am searching for an affordable long-handled narrow forked-hoe to get between plants from a standing position - I used to have a lovely arched hand-hoe.... but lost it somewhere! Have you any suggestions?

  • #13

    Deborah (Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:46)

    This is message #2 as I had an addition......
    I appreciate all the information especially as it includes gardeners of age which are too often neglected. I do, however, object to the widespread use of toxic pesticides which destroy the soil as well as contaminate the watershed. Glyohosate should NEVER be advocated. I would rather do more hard work now than try to undo monumental problems, that might not even BE reversible, later.

  • #12

    Deborah (Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:35)

    I appreciate all the information especially as it includes gardeners of age & disability who are too often neglected. I do, however, object to the widespread use of toxic pesticides which destroy the soil and Glyohosate should NEVER be recommended.
    Thank you

  • #11

    S.Rhodes. (Sunday, 04 March 2018 16:52)

    I have just read your article on how to get rid of Rats in garden. I have 2 ponds and also feed the birds of wich l have many, rats come and enter pond by digging from the sides any suggestions plz how to prevent this will be most grateful. Thank you. Miss S Rhodes.

  • #10

    Leanne (Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:53)

    Please I only have a small flagged garden my daughter is 4 and please give me some ideas help

  • #9

    Alfred Isac (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:18)

    What is your opinion about heating(put through fire), after digging pond and applying clay in the bottom and sides and then to put fire inside so that the clay will become hard like people making clay pots and thus develops more ability to hold water and completely natural.? Please think and reply me at

  • #8

    Joan (Friday, 20 October 2017 13:44)

    As a gardener in my late 60s with a disability, your website looks interesting and informative. Unfortunately not able to read fully at the moment but will save the link to read later.

  • #7

    Peter (Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:59)

    If you don't mind me saying so, your advice on finding a leak by 'let(ting) the water settle to its own level, ...and mark the area with chalk.' is pathetic. The chalk will not tell you where the leak is - other than that it may be somewhere along the line. If the leak is a gaping hole, you will spot it, but life is not that kind, and it could be just a tiny hole, behind a fold or some pond weed.
    I have read that if the pond is full and still, a small quantity of milk carefully poured on to the water surface will gradually form a trail, as it is drawn to the leak. I have not tried this yet, but it sounds feasible.
    In my experience though, what you wrote earlier in your article is more useful - water is often lost through over-flowing. Even a leaf trailing over the edge of a pond can syphon water out - and very often this will happen in the pools above a waterfall, where the level is constantly being topped up by the pump. Debris and weed growth on the lip of the waterfall will exaggerate this.

  • #6

    sue (Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:48)

    Thank you for your help.
    Kindest regards Susan

  • #5

    Stephanie (Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:50)

    Dear Mike,

    This summer I finally realised that I cannot do the same type of gardening I once enjoyed. I'm sixty-six, with an injured back and arthritis in both feet and one knee. I fought the inevitable, but as my flower beds and lawn continued to look messy, I had no choice but to accept the march of time.

    Your site is wonderful! It really is the best of them all for explaining things clearly. I really appreciate the low cost ideas you suggest and the understanding approach that directs the writing. You make it fun and challenging to be getting older!

    Thank you so very much for giving me back my gardens. I fully intend to begin raised gardening next summer.

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie L. Pesando

    P.S. I live in Canada. Any chance that you could visit your former colony for a lecture tour?

  • #4

    Private (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:23)

    i work with people with dementia and this has given me lots of ideas to help those with an interest in gardening...thank you! I particularly liked the straw bale planting idea x

  • #3

    Student (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:21)

    I love the amount of information on your website, it's very helpful, interesting & user friendly. Found it when trying to design a sensory garden as part of my college work. Some more images would be lovely! Thank you.

  • #2

    Pascale Camus-Walter (Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:25)

    Great site ! I was seeking for information for a clay pound and saw your marvellous site. Just designing a biblical garden in Alsace (France) and also needing tips for an access for disabled persons and a lot of other details. Your site is the right place! Our project :!/pages/Jardin-des-Jardins/261453807260735

  • #1

    Karen (Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:14)

    Hello Mike
    I was searching amongst the websites of how I can level some of my slightly sloping garden myself as a single mum. And that's how I came across your site!
    What an excellent website you have. So much information with the research behind it. I couldn't believe someone would actually go to so much trouble of explaining the theories behind designs. I love the bit on kids play areas and disabled gardening. Something I will pass onto my keen disabled gardeners at work.
    So I just wanted to thank you for the knowledge and experience you have shared.
    I'm not some loony as this is the first time I have contacted someone regarding the information in website. However where credit is due I think it needs acknowledging and praising.
    Thank you for a great informative site on landscaping and planting ideas

Some comments from the old guestbook


Ifound this site most informative, however our small garden is on clay and is always flooding as our neighbor is on higher ground so we have extra water seeping into our garden, in heavy rain the borders flood, cantget into the surface water drain because of an extensive patio, prebuilt. 

Thanks for your ideas. Well done


This is my first time having a greenhouse but your tips have been very useful. thank you 


great site/ so informative / am now going to try straw bale veg plot !! thank you 

What a lovely, unusual and interesting website. Thank you! 

Good information. As the population ages more and more information will be sought out. Having been asked to speak on this subject to a local garden club I have been surprised at the scarcity of information on this subject.


just been reading up on hay bale gardening...cant wait to start!!

I was searching for information on draining my waterlogged garden and found this site extremely helpful. All the info you would ever need to solve your drainage problems


Thanks, really looking forward to my projects just don't have the money yet LOL 


We would just like to say how pleased we were with the work you did, in providing a wheelchair accessible back garden. The advice given was just right, and the work done in a friendly and efficient manner. Many thanks. 


enjoyed looking at your website-found it informative and interesting.i have recently bought four and was relieved to find a sensible website to refer to should any problems arise



i work with people with dementia and this has given me lots of ideas to help those with an interest in gardening...thank you! I particularly liked the straw bale planting idea x 


I love this website. I am an occupational therapist trying to start a garden for those who are differently abled. Thank you for all of your ideas. I wish I could hire you out, but "crossing the pond" would be a bit of a trek. Thanks again. 


would love to plant in a bale of hay ,i have read about it for years , now i am a widow and 84 yeard old my husband would have loved to do this but he died. i am hopping on a broken foot and back drawn from osteo and all kinds of arthritus , i think i could work with a couple bales of hay, i love to grow but need to know just how to do it, could you tell me what to do, thanks mary lou johnson 


I have read the (Small Garden advice)Really informative without drowning me in information. I now have a clearer idea of where and how to start planning my new garden from scratch - new build house! Thankyou


 I love the amount of information on your website, it's very helpful, interesting & user friendly. Found it when trying to design a sensory garden as part of my college work. Some more images would be lovely! Thank you. 


Just up the road. Found your site be accident looking for ideas to landscape / terrace a hill. May call you for a quote as you seem to know what is what. Great site. 


Found your garden drainage page really useful