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Latest posts by artjak

WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 09:16

The Fens; about 2cm of snow on the ground, but it is still coming in from the North East horizontally and the sun is shining brightly, how weird is that? My little Apricot is having it's first spring in the greenhouse and is in bud; this is the time where it really must not get frost on it. Have a small Paraffin heater on and hope I don't have to put the large one on as Paraffin is about £8 for 4 litres these days.


Posted: 11/03/2013 at 09:10

That is the one I have and it tolerates hacking back, I will be doing mine once the SNOW stops.

Noooooooo they're awake.........

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:52

But then, what do you do with a bowl of flour and water paste full of dead slugs; can you compost it?

attaching a trellis

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:49

You do not say which side of the fence; the smooth side or the side with horizontal pieces. I have put trellis on both sides over the last few years, one handy way to do it on the 'smooth' side is as suggested above to use battens, OR opposite where the horizontals are on the other side, use very long screws and washers with 'sleeves' made from copper pipe or similar to hold the thing away and give the plants a chance to creep behind. With Morning Glory and Sweet Peas I find I have to be fairly pro-active in teaching them how to twine around things.

clearing a new plot

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:44

I had a similar problem getting rid of Chinese Lantern, it had invaded my entire little flower garden; I dug up 3 sacks of roots, even sieving some of the soil to make sure I had every tiny bit. It worked gentle readers; I only had to dig out a few small bits for a couple of years.

Internet purchasing

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:37

I do buy online if I've developed a passion for something unusual; but other than that I really would love my marvellous local nursery (Moat Road Nursery, just off the A17 near Terrington St. Clement) to stay open and flourish; they are great people and have a good selection of plants.

attaching a trellis

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:27

marshmello, what a brill idea; wish I'd done that


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:24

I have 2 hypericons and I cut them back quite ruthlessly whenever they are getting a bit bossy

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 21:39

obelixx; am amazed your cavolo nero froze, I thought plants like that had built in anti-freeze. Have just clicked on where you live, is Belgium really that cold?

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 21:35

never say never...


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plant I.D. please

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Just some pics that I took 
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