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Latest posts by artjak

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 19:16

Please, please get a qualified electrician to do it; water (rain) and electricity do not go together well. Get quotes from (recommended by friends and neighbours) electricians. But they MUST be qualified.

What's your day been like?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 19:13

Just got back from a long weekend working in London. My clients have a bit of a mystery plant by their front door. (Husband threw label away) It looks very much like a Camellia, but the leaves, though the right shape are not shiny; more the texture of a Buddlea leaf. The flowers are a rich pink and 4" across so I have been told. It is still in bud now. They were told it was not fully hardy, but I think it may survive in London if the rest of the winter is not too harsh. Any ideas?

It is so lovely to be back in the Fens, the silence, the stars and my little Jack Russell, though I think her kennels are just one long party.

Had lunch with a very old friend at the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square; lovely space, with large trees in pots, which are FAKE There is a huge glass ceiling; they could be growing something really lovely!


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 19:05

It is so lovely to hear about your gardening adventures Marion (Ahh we have finally got rid of the Christmas hats)

Essential Tools

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 15:52

Oh, and old spoons for fish blood and bone stuff and compost accelorator. Old washing up brush for cleaning flowerpots and seed will probably need a shed for all this lot, but don't panic, your collection of tools will grow quite slowly.

I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 15:48

Definitely got cabin fever; am off to London for a few days, when I get back will start sowing seeds in propagators in the house - just to stop myself from going crazy.

Hello Tracey, welcome.

Yellowing Basil plant leafs.

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:16

I would pot it on if it is still in the little pot from the shop and feed it; Baby Bio now do an indoor herb feeding liquid, though I admit I just use ordinary Baby Bio. It still may not survive, but at least you will have tried!

Essential Tools

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:03

The most used tools in my garden are; a trowel, several buckets, a small tarpaulin with handles, hoes; various, and a lawn rake, which is used to get leaves and twigs off the pea shingle surrounding the veg beds. Secateurs, plus ratchet secateurs (brilliant for hefty pruning) scissors for dead heading, several pairs of gardening gloves, knee pads and a kneeler which flips over to become a stool. I scarcely ever use a spade - far more likely to use a fork. A course sieve for sifting home made compost, a compost stirrer and a weeding tool for dandelion roots. I tend to buy mid-priced tools and have no loyalty towards any particular brand; if it feels right in the hand, not too heavy or large (rather like me actually) then I buy it.

I would recommend getting tools as you identify a need for them, e.g.I have a telescopic lopper as there is a willow leaning over my garden from the field.

Cold frames

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 13:50

My cold frame is a light timber frame with twin walled, quite thin polycarbonate. It is light enough to move around and store behind the studio for the summer. At the moment it is protecting Autumn planted peas which are doing nicely. In a few weeks, I shall move it to another area of the veg bed to protect something else; I suppose that I am using it as more of a cloche than a cold frame.

I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 13:43

...and me. I can get this face without an Xmas hat, but not the other ones. Can we get rid of the other hats?

I need your help!

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 11:41

Why conserve wild life? Because it is all linked in a cycle and somewhere in that cycle there are bees. Without bees the human race dies, apparently within about 3 years. It is as simple as that.

Discussions started by artjak

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Best crop ever 
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Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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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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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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