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Latest posts by artjak

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:58

I keep the garden tools in my studio, but in no way is that my potting shed. I use the greenhouse; 6x8 lean-to, I built my own staging and I use part of that as a potting bench. Made a shelf below the staging which has large plastic boxes for spare pots and seed trays (they get very cobwebby if they are not in containers). I sometimes put a stool in there and sit with a cup/glass on chilly evenings...bliss

SFord, we will need to see pics

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:52

Yes ph, I remember seeing this on BBC website. So they are still pumping away after all these weeks; it is impossible for me to visualize just how much water there is in that area. I really hope that these people can reclaim their homes and gardens soon

gardening and mental health

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:49

I agree that it is good for stress and the weird thing is that whatever huge challenges I set myself gardening-wise, they never give me any stress.

Talking on the phone to a friend yesterday I told him that I had spent the previous day on my knees digging up claggy clay with a crow bar. He is about 10 years younger than I and he was amazed; gardening keeps you physically fit and I strongly believe that being healthy in your body can really help the health of your mind.

What is good for the heart is good for the brain.

Need advice on very small, boring garden!

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:43

Is all the soil covered at present with decking/gravel? could you get access to a little?

Pics would certainly help, plus some idea of budget, and the 'look' that you would like to go for; modern, urban, tangled cottage style etc and what period is the house?

Indoor Watering at Height

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:38

When I lived in a truck, I had a foot pump attached to a 5 gallon water container and I could pump water into the little sink via a tap. I got all this equipment from a caravan supplier, but it was 42 years ago But this technology is bound to still be around.

I assume the roots of the plants are several metres up in the air? Perhaps some pics would help us to advise you.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:33

philippa, I just had visions of GJ unable to get out of the house, with a mountain of seed packets covering her front door.

Are these the big pumps from Holland?

Spring soil.

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:22

MrsG, I use gravel boards (pressure treated planks) covered in chicken netting to walk on so that I don't slip.

Please help

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:19

lizzie, that sounds like quite a bargain for a busy family, with no time to become lawn experts

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:12

Rosie, any more news about the flooded gardens? Are they starting to drain?

Paper pots, first year. Will this become a problem.

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 11:43

My only experience of paper pots was that they were very slow to rot when finally planted in the open ground, so I used to cut them down opposite sides with scissors before planting, so that the roots could get out.

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ngs garden in Peterborough

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Rubbish really 
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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

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