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Latest posts by artjak

Woodrush in my lawn

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:55

Christine; I have had a big problem all year with these email responses; I recently complained and had one day, yes, ONE DAY OF RESPONSES. Now; nothing, so have complained (nicely) again, but nothing! If I can get them sometimes it means that there is nothing wrong with my computer set-up.

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:48

Verdun; up until about 120 years ago, carts collected the 'night soil' from London houses and put it straight onto the fields that grew the veg which were sold in, guess where? London! Even now, in the Fens, there was a very large and mysterious pile of very fine gray dust by a field where I walk the muttette. A neighbour told me it is re-cycled London (that place again - I'm sure I've heard of it before...) sewerage. I'm pretty sure he is right as it was covered in tomato plants in the late summer, before the farmer and his tractor dug it into the ground, WITHOUT WEARING A FACE MASK!!!

Basically, though, plant growth is circular; manure feeds the seeds, which grows the plants, which get eaten, which creates manure...

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 16:56

Organic chicken manure pellets on the veg bed and FB&B on flowers; if I have time, a wheelbarrow or 2 from the local farm of horse manure really gets things going.

I've never seen this before

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 16:48

I had never heard of it either. I was in Cuba a few years back, travelling by train and saw fence posts sprouting with new leaves as the growing conditions are so good there.

Garlic planting

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 16:41

Clarington, I so agree; I would happily forgo any knowledge of the Repeal of the Corn Laws for more knowledge about gardening.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:26

Yes, Dove, but what flavour ice cream would you choose?

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:21

...and half the fun is making your own labels...made from lemons hand picked by nuns in the vast lemon groves of the Norfolk Fens...

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:20

Oh yes But be warned, like all liqueurs it is v. sweet. I use Lidl vodka.

Time to Chop?

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:16

Many years ago, an old Norfok man told me that to regenerate an apple tree, shoot it on the side opposite the dying area. At the time I was living in London and my apple tree was dying. But the thought of going into a rough looking pub and taking out a contract on my apple tree was more than I could handle, so don't know if this would work!

Garlic planting

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:12

My neighbour swears by planting garlic on the shortist day and harvesting on the longest. I prefer to get them in by late October. I am puzzled that every year there are a few thet don't split into cloves, it can't be lack of cold weather because all the others have managed to split. Am a big fan of elephant garlic, it does well here. I then pickle some of the garlic. If anyone is interested I could dig out the recipe.

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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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Best crop ever 
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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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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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