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Latest posts by artjak

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:37

We had a septic tank when I was a child and my father grew masses of Nasturtiums around it and kind of inferred that this was not an area of the garden to play in

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:33

In Roman times, globe artichokes were grown commercially in Britain; it was warmer then I believe and that would apply also to saffron, I think the climate became colder from the 14th century on.

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:17


Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:15

Hester, sounds fab but what is it? A cordial?

Broad Beans - Aerial Protection

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:12

Take the cloches off, you are in Bristol I believe, the plants will be fine. B. Beans only need cover in the worst of the winter

Best buy books!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:08

The RHS Encyclopedia; 2 volumes, keeps my biceps in trim as I consult them often. The only prob; new plants are being developed all the time. So when I go mad and buy something; the actual plant is not in the book, only it's relatives.

I'm sure some enterprising 14 year old will develop an 'app' that constantly updates the RHS plant books

For veg; 'The vegetable and plant expert'

For lawns; get a husband and let him deal with it! Otherwise have a tiny lawn.

Peter Beales

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:02

Dove, I agree, Monty Don's advice is correct.

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:54

About 15 months ago, some new people moved in around the corner. There was a very large straggly privet. The new people cut it back to about 3' high and quite thin in depth. It is now magnificent. Privets love hard haircuts, but they may also like a bit of general plant food and WATER; I always feel that hedges, by their very shape, deprive themselves of water.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:44


saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:42

karma, I would say you are too far north to make a fortune on saffron out of doors.

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

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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