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Latest posts by artjak

never grown carrots and carrot fly

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:20

KEF; excuse me if you already know this, but parsnip seed has a very short shelf life; that may be the cause of the germination problems.

Busy, you will still need some height around the bed. The carrot fly does not fly very high at all. I normally grow them in big high pots; one year I had to grow them quite low down in a very large grow bag, so I placed canes at each corner and tied polythene on to them to a height of 60 cm. It certainly worked.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:10

Yarrow, please tell me the name of that blue one? I think it is just wonderful

I had an Aquilegia; dark, dead purple; a sort of Lucretia Borgia colour. I dug it up and gave it to a neighbour who loves it!

So it is lovely to discover all these very beautiful ones.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:00

OOOOh Pilippa; STD meant Standard Trunk Dialling when I did those signs

ID help please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:57

Philippa, you may not need a new computer; somewhere here there is a technical thread I think, or you could message the people that run the forum; they have access to technical help. It may just be that you need to change some settings on the Control Panel. (I usually just borrow a 16 year old)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:41

Maureen, that is so brilliant. I am just about to PM you

Today it has been 'help for flooded seedlings' day. All the little plants for the Somerset flood appeal are now hardening off in gravel trays. We have had so much rain and hail here today that I am just about to go out for the 3rd time to empty the water out of the gravel trays and mainly into my shoes

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:36

...or a sign saying 'We love Dobermans' don't actually have to have one - you are simply stating your preferences

Years ago I had to do a security sign on a large property I was helping to renovate. So all round the estate we put up really professional looking signs saying the property was protected by 'STD' security. STD stood for 'Spot the dog' who was the tiniest Jack Russell I have ever seen. Good luck with confounding this repellant person, whoever it is.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:29

Nin, I was so sorry to hear about the thefts. You could try some local nurseries to replace the plastic pots for nothing; they only go for re-cycling otherwise. One nursery has been giving me pots for the flooded gardens appeal. It is not worth their while to sterilise them for re-use.

GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:24

Scott and Fg, I agree; Beechgrove is about Proper Gardening; not about celebrities.

ID help please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:21

I thought the first one was Parsley and the  2nd some kind of Borage

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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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

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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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

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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