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Latest posts by artjak

Compost bin

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 20:15

Lancshirelass; my arrow 'thingy' for turning compost is more primitive than yours; no T junction at the top and the 'wings' I think are smaller. But this works well when you've been too busy to turn the compost and it has all got a bit compacted. The smaller the wings, the easier to pull the compost up to bring air into it. But having the big handles that yours has got, must make it easier to pull up anyway.

Does anyone have any feedback on the 'auger' type compost turner?

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:33

I do agree with Scott, one of my clients has a small London garden, a rectangle but designed as 2 circles with some large pebbles connecting them; the further circle has the round table and chairs on paving, and the near circle is decking; all surrounded by glorious planting with large old pots spilling flowers out in all directions.

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:28

Clarrington, the bin you gave the link for; I can't see how you would get the compost out without dis-assembling it. The link from Clueless seemed a better design for emptying.

As regards position, it's best for the compost to be protected somewaht from icy winter winds. My Daleks are protected pretty much on 3 sides, but get part sun.

Garden Bench

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:19

I don't know exactly how your bench is made; the thickness of the timber, as well as the other dimensions may be important.

Garlic wars!

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 17:17

There are very few squirrels around here; in the Fens we don't have many trees. It may be birds, will cover with semi rigid green wire netting that I use to protect the peas from pigeons. Thank you all for your advice

Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:21

Patsy F, what is the name of that foxglove, it sounds wonderful.

Garlic wars!

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:18

Something is digging or pulling my elephant garlic cloves up. Each day I find one or two just above the ground, barely anchored by their roots. Any ideas as to what it is and how to stop it?

Garden Bench

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:16

If you can't find the teak ones, you could use planed treated timber, not the rough stuff.

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:11

Grace, it is a lovely idea and I'm sure you will figure out a way to make it work.

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:09

Brilliant idea! The ones in shops are pretty expensive.

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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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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