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Latest posts by artjak

Winter Pots

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:34

Macavity, could we see a photo? It sounds lovely.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:31

KEF, I'm not crazy about gin; could I put damsons in another spirit?

Advice on small plant for our bathroom please?

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:47

I had a small, simple, white begonia on the kitchen window sill all summer; it is now in the greenhouse but it would do for a bathroom I would think.

lavender bush in pot - winter

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:45

Dove, I have a French one, should I pop it in the greenhouse?

If you could invent something...

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:44

Dove, re pink tools; someone bought me a pink flowered screwdriver as mine were always going missing on building sites; still got the flowered one!

I would like a tiny fork lift machine to lift and carry big sacks of compost, it would have to manage two or three steps also.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:38

I bought a Halls silver line lean-to, good greenhouse; awful instructions, they were like 6th generation photocopies; my builder and I went potty trying to understand them. Still waiting for door handle neary two years later!

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:36

Collect blackberries in the autumn and put them into some whisky. Leave for a month or two, drink the whisky and use the blackberries in desserts.

Winter Pots

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 10:19

I did an evenings course on this some years ago and we were recommended to plant large tulips quite deep, small bulbs above, a small evergreen shrub/tree and cyclamen and a trailing variegated ivy. The cyclamen rotted that first winter, but apart from that these winter tubs are still going strong 5 or 6 years later. In the summer I stick a pelagonium in there when the tulips have died back. So there isn't much colour in the middle of winter without the cyclamen but it works for the early spring.


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:33

Those huge fennel bulbs will be pretty woody and unusable by now I would think, but next time harvest them much earlier and use to make the 'soffrito' for Risotto. This is the mix of finely chopped onions, garlic and either celery or fennel that you cook in a generous slurp of olive oil/butter for about 20 mins before adding the Arborio rice for 3 mins, then a slurp of white wine or dry Vermouth and then gradually adding the stock and whatever else; mushrooms/ squash/ chicken...whatever type of rissotto you are making.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:27

The rose, 'Compassion', is still flowering Also annual Lavatera is limping along. Lobelia are finally succunbing to the cold.

Discussions started by artjak

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 17:26

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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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 20:02

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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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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