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Latest posts by artjak

It's my birthday

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 12:58

Happy Birthday Bekkie

quince trees

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:44

My quince was not a happy bunny this year; the Chaenomeles were ok, it was the big tree, which I guess must be Cydonia I refer to it as a European quince as opposed to a Japanese quince. The leaves seemed to give up quite early in the late summer, and I only had 1 fruit.

I need my avocado stone to sprout in order to prove a friend wrong

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:38

A friend of mine grew one which went up his bathroom wall and around the ceiling (he fastened it up there) and made his bathroom look like a South American jungle.

Good luck with it and I wouldn't bother with coriander in the winter in an unheated house I doubt if there is enough daylight for it anyway. A good bet is a £5.00 orchid from Ikea, they are pretty impossible to kill; I've had mine for about 4 years on East facing windowsills and they only get watered from time to time.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:30

I've already booked to see the National Theatre production of Treasure Island early next year, transmitted to my lovely local cinema (leather seats, glass of wine by your side) (I always wanted to be a pirate...but a nice one).

Recycling Bin

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:23

Mine don't stand on soil, the little red worms that are in the compost bin are not the same as your average earth worm. I have asked Garden Organic how the little red worms arrive in the bin and, though they are normally pretty scientific in their answers, they freely admit that the worms ...just arrive. I always start a new bin with a good shovel of horse manure so I don't have to rely on the worm fairy

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:19

New Dralek

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:05


Wild Garlic

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 18:03

Mine is surrounded by weed suppressing fabric, so it doesn't spread.

Recycling Bin

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:59

Don't put in Perennial weeds with their seeds/roots, unless you have drowned them in a bucket of water for 2 weeks (this is v. smelly!) Evergreens like Leylandii will take years to break down, so is not worth it.

RunnerB, you need roughly a 50/50 mix of greens (old bedding plants, old cabbage leaves, carrots from the back of the fridge that have gone furry etc ) and browns (scrunched up sheets of paper, torn up cardboard). Move them around a bit every 2 weeks either with a compost stirrer (buy on line) or a garden fork to get air in there.

If you have any more queries or problems with it, we will be happy to help

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:51

Dove, thank you for that link I don't think it was the Tiger beetle, did not have such long legs etc, but I think it may have been the Green Shield beetle (will I get stamps with that?). This apparently lives on plant sap which may explain the appearance of one of my tomato plants.

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

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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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

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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