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Latest posts by artjak

Bay tree dying - Newt?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:10

ThunderB, you are not very far north, I am in Norfolk and have lost several Bays over the last few years, partly because of the cold, partly there is some fungas/disease that is attacking Bays so I have been told. My neighbours thought that they had lost a big Bay, but eventually it revived.

I agree with nutcutlet, they do not need ericaaceous compost, in fact that may be stressing it. Give it some time and it may recover.

Yellow sticky fly traps

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:06

As a new owner of a greenhouse I became aware that white fly can be a major curse in the G/H. Yellow sticky fly traps were advised, went to various cheap places; ended up having to get them from B&Q at £4.98 for 5! If the greenhouse gets quite hot you have to change them quite frequently; it starts to get expensive. Online, I found American recipes for making your own involving stuff we can't get here (Tanglewood) Another recipe suggested coating yellow card with petroleum jelly (Vaseline). Has anyone had any success with this?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 20:08

Gardening F, sadly I don't have space for Wegelia. I think they grow to about 2 or 3 m tall and wide.

Fairy G, I think that being a parent, a worker, AND taking on another new garden means you deserve a new wand.

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 18:18

Have you researched feeding it?

What is it?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 18:17

The Bird Lady, it is stunning, do you think it would grow in this climate? If it doesn,t then flax would give you a similar flower.


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 18:13

GardeningF, I agree with greens and whites in shady areas, so cool.

Aubergine help please!

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:56

Becka, I bought an expensive 'grafted' aubergine plant last year, the first year I had a proper greenhouse and it did very well grew to about 70cm and produced about 6 or 8 big fruits. This year just got an ordinary aubergine it is now 30 cm, but it is starting to flower. Mine is in a big pot and I will probably feed it for the first time this week. Next year I hope to grow several from seed but they have to be planted in February I believe in a warm place; could be your window sill?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:50

Birdy, I think you must be in a parallel universe Norfolk; we went and did our 'compost master' thing at a flower festival at St. Germans in the Fens, it was overcast and by 3.45 we were all packing up as it was so cold.

Any ideas of this plants Id...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:46

Had to dig up a peony in a friends garden to get rid of ground elder entangled in the roots; seems to be surviving. Don't know about chopping it in half. Peonys can be bought in most garden centres and nurserys

school garden

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:59

Dove, I never knew privet was toxic; I spent several happy months when I was about 5 eating the bright green shoots from privet hedges, but then I also used to eat wax crayons in the days BEFORE they were non-toxic.

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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