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Latest posts by artjak

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 16:02

KEF, I could but it would be cruel

Problem Pelargoniums

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 15:58

I am not a plant scientist, but it seems to me that there is a great difference between 'bedding ' pelagoniums and 'potting' ones. I once made the mistake of putting the bedding ones in pots and got far more leaf than flowers. I have not bought the bedding varieties since, The type that I get are very amenable to unheated conservatory (except boiler is there) and slightly heated greenhouse in the winter. Your house may be too warm.

Winter Pansy's

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 15:53

In my London flat, a few years back, I had winter flowering pansies in a south facing window box; all orange. They flowerd non-stop for a year as I dead headed them once a week.


Posted: 23/11/2013 at 15:50

Gmaiden, if the pot was ever correct for the plant, I might have blinked and missed it. The plant is still after all these years only about 4' tall. I think I will try moving all the low plants and feeding from next spring plus more frequent watering. If I still have no luck I will be whinging on this forum again


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:54

verdun, I will fleece, and fleece again; especially as it is supposed to be a bad winter coming, though frankly I think the forecasters consult a chicken's entrails.

Decomposition of Racehorse Poo

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:50

I put some fresh horse poo on a flower bed that was limping along and it really raced away; especially the annual form of laveteria (no pun intended)

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:45

KEF, you big softy! At my boarding school, we had to fill bowls with water the night before, break the ice on the water in the morning and have a strip wash! And then peel the ice off the toothbrush

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 18:41

Gg, I agree! Please keep us posted with the work in progress

what to "over winter"

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:52

I have some autumn planting peas in a cold frame, broad beans under a cloche made from 2 old bits of polycarbonate roofing, I've got Japanese spinach starting in the slightly heated greenhouse; that will have to stay in there; Winter giant spinach starting off in the greenhouse (I planted it too late to start it off outside) hopefully I can then harden it off and grow it outside. Chard and leeks planted some time ago will keep going all winter. Am still harvesting carrots planted around September. I missed planting some new potatoes in bags for Christmas, perhaps next year. Herbs like Basil and Parsley can be grown all year indoors. I've cut back some toms, aubergine and peppers just to see what happens to them through the winter and into spring. Am still harvesting celery and beetroot.

Winter flowering cherry - Prunus subhirtella 'autumnalis'

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:42

I have always wanted one of these; but am also concerned about breezy Fenland winters. How big do they grow and can they be pruned?

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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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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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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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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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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