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Latest posts by artjak

warming of soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:57

I think it is worth it. I have a very lightweight cold frame, timber and polycarbonate that I place over the soil for a week or so before planting, and keep in place for a while afterwards and then move it on to another area.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:52

Rosie, you are a star Sorry I have not responded before, but was v. busy last night and today.

Yes, if you can get people to identify what they need that would be wonderful. I hopefully can supply the kind of veg that people would be germinating now if they could; aubergines, peppers, tomatoes. I will also try to get some herbs going.

Thank you so much for your response

Design student looking for help!

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:16

Yes, no nasturtiums on elderly ladies' mechanical skills please; I used to fix the motor on my 2 ton truck, that was before they brought in these new- fangled computerised engines....mutter....mutter

Advice on moving hops

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:08

Dove

Can containers have spring and summer flowers in them?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:06

I presume, that like me you have a small garden and don't have the space to have different pots for every season. I have 2 big 'winter' pots each one planted with; a small conifer, variagated ivy and tulips (there were cyclamens the first year, but they all rotted in the extreme cold of that winter). In the summer, the tulips having died back I plant a pelagonium and either trailing lobelia or Bacopa. Sometimes I remember to feed these 2 hardworking pots

The summer flowers can be cut down to ground level late in the Autumn to make way for the spring floweres. As to root space, I tend to think that the plants negotiate about that themselves, with anything that has a thuggish habit taking over.

mole plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:48

Have just looked it up; euphorbia lathyrus. When you compost toxic plant matter, like the leaves of rhubarb, they cease to be toxic. Also, quite a lot of pretty garden plants are fairly toxic. I have a monk's hood which is very poisonous, but I manage to resist eating it. I guess it becomes a problem when you have small children as I know as a child I used to love eating the new growth on privet hedges.

mole plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:39

Ah Hah; it has just appeared. Sorry, it looks familiar but can't think of the name; someone else will I'm sure

mole plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:37

jill, have you clicked on the tree icon? That will enable you to post your image. BUT some devices do not seem able to post images directly.

Problem Garden

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:35

I hired a man with a mini digger for a day to  level the ground for the studio, move all excess earth up to the far end for a raised area. It was 13 years ago, it was not expensive; I got him through the local tool hire place.

For smaller areas; when I want to plant something at the edge of the drive, which is compacted clay and building rubble I use a crowbar, it is hard work so I take it slowly, to dig out a 4'x2' rectangle can take the best part of an afternoon.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:29

Edd, thank you very much; most useful.

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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Best crop ever 
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More good guys

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bird nest in potato bag

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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Cuttings

Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Watercress

Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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