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Latest posts by artjak

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:36

Bill, am I right in thinking you live in Canada? When I had an American friend to stay a few years back, he was completely bemused by the English class system; I advised him to watch 'keeping up appearances' and all would be made clear!

My fave is 'Dad's Army', the script and the acting are just so brilliant.

Planting & Staggering !

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:31

I see you live in Bristol, so it should not be too cold; I follow the instructions on the seed packet and a good veg growing book.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:24

ZombieG, I made my own staging in an afternoon, and even my builder was impressed! I think the treated timber from Wickes cost about £43. I really enjoyed doing it. (8' long with a shelf underneath; followed a chap on u-tube, but made it more sophisticated than he did) Hurrah for lady pensioners!

Talkback: How to make a composting trench

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:32

The other deterrent for rats is to simply make them aware that you are frequently about. Hit the compost heap with a stick, walk past several times. My bins are just next to where I park the car so any rat would be often disturbed. I do 'compost master' events and all the people this summer who said that they had rats in their compost seemed to keep chickens. A couple of compost bins may be the answer, with a very sturdy metal grid underneath so necessary bugs etc. can get in but the rats can't.


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:25

Is any of it lawn? Or paving stones? It would be a good idea to do a little sketch with some idea of the height of plants that you want in various places so that you can check against this plan when you are buying plants. You could also drop some heavy hints about gardening type christmas presents to your relatives

Winter Pots

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:19

Macavity, that looks fab.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:13

Are you going to be there all the time to open the door each morning? I think I would still recommend louvres on the side opposite the door to get a good air flow on very hot days. (hard to imagine that at the moment!)

Gardening Quiz Questions

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:42


Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:39

I use pencil and clean off with powder Vim and old green scourer. It takes only seconds to do.


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:36

Nut, I just cut them by hand, but you could do it on the 2mm slicer. I think any finer and they would turn to mush.

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: 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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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: 09/07/2014 at 20:02

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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