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Latest posts by artjak

RHS Theory Qualifications

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 13:34

Nut, which organisation did you do your general certificate with?

Wishes and resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 13:27

Oh Verdun, please don't become all tactful and polite and please keep your awful jokes coming

I hope I was missed?

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 13:25

All my best wishes for you and your family.

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 19:00



Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:57

Hello Hamza, I have got carrots, leeks and a small amount of sprouting broccolli in the garden. In the greenhouse there are Japanese spinach seedlings and some mint. In late January I shall sow Aubergines and peppers in seed trays probably in the house as it will be warmer for them to germinate, then they will be moved to the greenhouse which is heated to be above the frost level.

In the house I am growing bean sprouts using Mung beans that you can buy dried in most supermarkets; soak them over night in cold water, drain, then put into a large jar (like an old pickle jar) with some muslin or other fine fabric on top held in place with a rubber band. Rinse every day with cold water and keep in a cupboard in the dark. (I keep mine next to the mugs for tea so I always see it each morning and remember to rinse the beans!) after about 5 or 6 days they should have grown a bit; you can then place them on a window sill; still remember to rinse them at least once a day and then after 2 days they should be ready to put in salads.

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:44

Just realised, there is one of those opposite my house; it is stunning at this time of year. My first thought was some kind of crab apple.

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:41

Carrots, leeks and sprouting broccolli Forgot to plant potatoes for Xmas

Planted the Duck tape, but the seeds haven't worked

Greenhouse growing

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 18:37

No, they are old pieces of thick polycarbonate roofing that I assemble with bamboo sticks and wire; very Heath Robinson, but it works! I use thinner sheets of polycarbonate from an old tomato house for the ends in cold weather.

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 15:32

I think I bought it from a local nursery.

Greenhouse growing

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 15:30

Freya, I started my winter peas and broad beans off outside under cloches and they are doing well so perhaps you could now put yours out? Just make sure the cloches are firmly anchored.

Discussions started by artjak

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 10:16

More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 03:25

bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 22:32


Advice needed on propagation 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:54

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 20:12

Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 11:31

Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Last Post: 06/05/2014 at 17:17


Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 14:57

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 20:42

Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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Last Post: 27/03/2014 at 20:57
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