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Latest posts by artjak

Window boxes

Posted: Yesterday at 16:56

When I lived in London, had a nice big kitchen windowsill and put a plastic trough there, with wire holding it in place attached to eyelets rawlplugged into the brickwork at the side. If I was doing it now, I would make a treated timber surround to hide the plastic

Otherwise, find some nice local person who makes odds and ends for a hobby and ask them to make you one.

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:53

This isn't strictly gardening, but it is to do with ecology.

I am thinking of getting a new boiler using the Government's 'Green Deal'. This was set up because British houses 'leak' more energy than anyone else's in Europe (in Poland they have TRIPLE glazing!) They will also assess what other things can be done to make the house more energy efficient.

Has anyone else any experience of this? Could really do with some info that doesn't involve a Government Dept., or a plumbing firm

Help!! - new gardener!

Posted: Yesterday at 16:40

Welcome PP, The yellow flowers may be Sailor's buttons; Kerria? But can't see them clearly enough.

mystery indoor tree

Posted: Yesterday at 16:35

If it is Datura, be cautious as it is pretty toxic.

Pruning Hebes

Posted: Yesterday at 16:32

 First pic shows how it sits, brooding over the rock garden and second pic gives an idea of he leaf size (excuse my awful finger nails - they are always like that in the gardening season)

Pruning Hebes

Posted: Yesterday at 16:20

when i eventually get off the phone from scottish power i will go and take a photo. i may be quite old by then

Moving trees

Posted: Yesterday at 16:18

When you replant it, take small length of hose pipe, cut lot of holes in half of it and curl that half around part of the root ball, with the other end just appearing above the surface of the soil; makes the plant that much easier to water, with no wasted water.

I would also use some fish, blood and bonemeal in the planting hole.

Pruning Hebes

Posted: Yesterday at 16:02

Dove, thank you for that link; problem is all the advice says to prune after flowering; but this hebe is in a pretty shady location and I can't really say that I have ever noticed it flowering! It is probably about 10 years old, small leafed and this year has become just too large.

Any further thoughts?

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: Yesterday at 15:55

Murals and specialist paint effects; semi-retired, but still getting some work. I have been very lucky as complete strangers pay me to make a mess all over their walls

Gardening with the enemy

Posted: Yesterday at 15:53

My enemy was the farmer who sprayed weed killer onto his field last year and a small amount drifted into my garden. I spoke about it to him at the time (but nicely!) and this year he waited until it was a very still day and came to speak to me first and nothing seems to have been affected.

Discussions started by artjak

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 17:56

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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worst gardening old wives tales

what is the worst mis-information you have been given? 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 18:34

Hamburg parsley

Growing info please 
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Last Post: 13/03/2014 at 19:29

plant I.D. please

plant in neighbours garden 
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Last Post: 14/03/2014 at 19:27

Day out to RHS Hyde Hall

Just some pics that I took 
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Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 14:42

Talkback: How to grow celeriac

I'm growing celeriac for the first time this year as I love making celeriac remoulade. Seeing the photos in the 'how to do it' article makes... 
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Last Post: 27/02/2014 at 22:06

Become a Compost Expert

Free training to become a compost master 
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Help for flooded gardens

help for flooded gardens 
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Tibouchina Grandiflora Lepidota

Any info about care 
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Any tips on groing lisianthus 
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