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Latest posts by artjak

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:12

I have a lovely wallflower, that is pale yellow and flowers before virtually anything else. I also get a lot of yellow from roses. Holly hocks, Californian poppies, you can get the most incredible cream colour; but you have to sow a lot and then weed out the colours you don't like, Broom comes in shades of yellow.

Message from Mike

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:05

Best wishes to Mrs Fishy and Mike, thank you Amanda and Fishy for relaying messages.

Talkback: How to grow rockets leaves from seed

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:01

Rob, I sow Rocket directly into the ground, sprinkle a few slug pellets; a little water and then let them get on with it. This seems to work, I don't bother with seed trays.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lovely morning bump

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:55

Philippa, is Andrew the person running the plant creche? Could you pm me with his details please?


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:21

Do you mean Purple Sprouting Broccoli? Or Purple Brussell Sprouts? Either way, they are both prone to attack by pigeons and snails. I have just planted out mine, after hardening them off by having them out during the day and in at night for a few days. I have sprinkled slug pellets around and covered them with netting (to also protect against the cabbage white butterfly whose caterpillars can eat a small plant pretty fast.

All this may make you think it is not worth it, but these precautions don't take long to put in place and the results will be delicious veg up till Christmas and beyond.

Both the plants mentioned above grow quite large and may need staking in a pot.

What plant is growing in my garden?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:14

For quick, bright colour, you could plant some Nasturtium seeds. There are some very colourful mixtures in the shops (Lidl has very cheap seeds), the earth is warm enough for them to germinate quite fast now.

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:07

Tuesday bump. I can't wait to take all these plants down to Somerset; hopefully will be going in 2 weeks time.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:00

Some of my plants, I don't know the precise name, but I think that is ok

Lidl Compost

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:02

Everyone who has had problems with this product, please complain to your local Health and Safety Dept or you Council.  Lidl should have checked every batch of everything that they sell, as should other large supermarkets. If there is a petro-chemical smell coming from this batch of compost, chances are that it is petro-chemical contamination.

It may be a good idea to keep some of this compost back in a sealed plastic tub, after returning the rest, in case Health and Safety wish to analyse it. Sorry to sound so serious, but it IS serious; you are about to grow veg for your families in this growing medium - it has to be safe!

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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