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Latest posts by artjak

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:44

I use the veg book by Dr. Hessayon. Also a massive 2 volume RHS A-Z of Garden plants. The problem is that new versions of plants with different needs are being created all the time, so the internet; using RHS info and this WONDERFUL forum are in effect cheaper and more space saving (I'm running out of space to build bookshelves) than buying books which may well be out of date in 4 years.

weeds and gravel

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:33

I have a membrane, but a lot of plants (including for-get-me-nots) can grow in the pea shingle or coarser gravel. Use a hoe, I think it is called a Dutch Hoe; it works very well.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:29

Ah, the trick is to turn up at their doorstep and say 'You WILL have a bag of pears won't you!' Actually, they were all very grateful and I was lucky to be just sober enough to drive home (all of 500 metres)


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:26

Years ago, a friend in London had a huge delicately flowered pelagonium in the sheltered side of the house, which he never brought indoors or under glass; it was several years old. But that is the 'kiln effect' of living in a big city.

What lighting conditions does wild garlic like?

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:20

I made the most amazing Pesto using wild garlic leaves and I think walnuts. If you use horticultural membrane round it, it can't spread.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:16

Best recipe for a glut of Concord pears;

large plastic bags

Pears in bags

take to neighbours and friends

ID and renovation advice please

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:09

Mine is in semi-shade. Dove, I'm so young, please what is thruppence, is it ancient money, from before the 1980's?

is there anything i can plant now or should i just wait?

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 18:06

I will be planting elephant garlic in late October plus Broad Beans. Cabbage can be harvested for spring greens fairly early. For next year, consider sowing in July/August Winter Spinach and Kelvedon Wonder Peas for an Autumn crop - mine are flowering well at the moment.

ID and renovation advice please

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 17:58

I have one, but I was told in a nursery that it is not really Plumbago, though it is known as 'Poor Man's Plumbago'. It was given to me as Plumbago

Plant/Seed head Identification

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 17:54

My Clematis is similar; it was sold to me as Orange Peel Clematis. It is still going strong with flowers out now.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

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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