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Latest posts by artjak

Climbers for supports either side of steps - clematis napaulensis?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:19

I've just googled it; am I right in thinking that you live in Surrey? I would think that you may be ok with it there; it is so pretty, but out here in the Fens it would not survive the winter winds. I would suggest that if you have a very harsh winter to wrap it in fleece, but only when it is very cold, and whip the fleece off the moment it gets warm, so it does not attract mould.

Would love to see photos of it in flower in your garden

Daffodil bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:11

I just came across a tiny bag of fritillaries, some had gone mouldy but most were sprouting; so I planted 'em

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:09


Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:57

The original idea came from hearing on Radio 4 that farmers in Yorkshire were taking cattle feed down to the farms in Somerset, and EVEN TESCO had offered a truck to help! So I think the idea of getting commercial companies involved as their contribution, and also Verdun's suggestion that rooted cuttings can be posted, covers all the bases.

I've been out and about getting nearly free plant pots this a.m.

Rosie, I will also keep bumping this thread up and we are relying on you to tell us what people need.

Become a Compost Expert

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:50

Tracey, it's always good to hear about people making their own compost So glad it's starting to work.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:15


Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:14

BB2, what is a ginnel? In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats. And are there really no words beginning with k in Middle English or early English?

The thing that staggers me the most about our language though, is when they asked 4,000 American University students where the English language came from; they didn't know

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:07

What is the parking area covered with? Any roots from this little tree may have traveled a long distance; if you try to rip it up, you could find that a paved parking area is disturbed.

Is there any sign of new growth on it? If not, I would cut it down to ground level and ignore it, it's roots are probably rotting away and providing nutrients to the soil.

If it is sprouting with new leaves, then go to the local Garden Centre (or B&Q type place) and ask for a product that will deal with it.


Washed out soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:58

lilly, have you ever done a soil test in your garden to test for PH values? The kit is pretty cheap, I feel it is worth doing in several areas.

When I first did my garden I had to get a digger in to level it, so ended up with top soil buried 2' down and heavy sticky Fenland clay on top. The soil test came out very alkali, but flowers and veg survive well, I have raised beds largely made from own compost, bought growing medium and sharp sand and of course horse manure.

If you are worried about soil nutrition for veg especially I would gently fork in some chicken manure pellets once the soil is dry enough to be treated.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:38

I can offer what I mentioned above, but facebook sounds a bit scary; I always thought it was where young people posted photos of themselves throwing up in the gutter, but I have been told that it is not all like that. Perhaps I just have to bite on the bullet and join.

It is great that other people have thought of this too. Have these gardens been under what is technically known as 'foul water' not 'grey water' or 'sea water'?

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Any suggestions welcome 
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Best crop ever 
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bird nest in potato bag

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What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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How to empty a bin 
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