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Latest posts by artjak

Massive grass snake

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 15:42

I was sitting on the terrace reading about 3 ish when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye; it was a snake about 1m long. I did a vertical takeoff, like a Harrier Jump Jet from shear surprise. I'm actually rather fond of snakes and once did a days work with a python wrapped round my neck I checked online and it was a grass snake, not an adder. It was very beautiful; it raised it's head to me and then slithered off into the flower bed.

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 15:36

Was very pleased with RHS on line.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 15:33

A bit of a bump in case anyone is interested

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 15:30

I'm leaving them well alone, I don't want the parents to be frightened to feed them

planting between shaped bushes on a fence (tall structural plant ideas please)

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:06

I love them, my garden is small, but growing tall things compensates.

Sweetcorn novice

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:04

Pig C, you can often see that book in Charity shops

planting between shaped bushes on a fence (tall structural plant ideas please)

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:36

Delphiniums? One of mine was 8' tall this year; cut back after flowering and you should get another flowering later. I have some in a pretty shady spot as well as full sun.

Sweetcorn novice

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:32

Pig C, welcome; I have never removed anything from sweetcorn. Have just looked up in 'the vegetable and herb expert' (v. useful book) and he says; side shoots should NOT be removed. Any roots exposed at the base, cover with old compost, water in dry weather, tap tassels at the top of each stem when fully developed in late June or July will help pollination. Liquid feed when cobs start to swell.

cucamelon

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:22

I ate one at Garden Organic last year; it was growing in a greenhouse and it was September. It really did taste like a cross between the two

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:20

Uberto, I don't know how large your garden is, but a native hedge will end up being fairly thick. I would attach some trellis to the fence or wires and grow clematis, roses or other climbers up it, hopefully that wouldn't steal too much space from the rest of the garden

Discussions started by artjak

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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Cuttings

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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Watercress

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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