Latest posts by artjak

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:38

I bought a Halls silver line lean-to, good greenhouse; awful instructions, they were like 6th generation photocopies; my builder and I went potty trying to understand them. Still waiting for door handle neary two years later!

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:36

Collect blackberries in the autumn and put them into some whisky. Leave for a month or two, drink the whisky and use the blackberries in desserts.

Winter Pots

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 10:19

I did an evenings course on this some years ago and we were recommended to plant large tulips quite deep, small bulbs above, a small evergreen shrub/tree and cyclamen and a trailing variegated ivy. The cyclamen rotted that first winter, but apart from that these winter tubs are still going strong 5 or 6 years later. In the summer I stick a pelagonium in there when the tulips have died back. So there isn't much colour in the middle of winter without the cyclamen but it works for the early spring.


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:33

Those huge fennel bulbs will be pretty woody and unusable by now I would think, but next time harvest them much earlier and use to make the 'soffrito' for Risotto. This is the mix of finely chopped onions, garlic and either celery or fennel that you cook in a generous slurp of olive oil/butter for about 20 mins before adding the Arborio rice for 3 mins, then a slurp of white wine or dry Vermouth and then gradually adding the stock and whatever else; mushrooms/ squash/ chicken...whatever type of rissotto you are making.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:27

The rose, 'Compassion', is still flowering Also annual Lavatera is limping along. Lobelia are finally succunbing to the cold.


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:03

Muddyfork, there must be some way to get rid of them?

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:01

I guess I'm lucky in that the whole of my garden is sideways onto the pavement, so wherever I'm working in the garden, passersby can stop and chat. I love it!


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:15

I have also heard, and used, the awful tinny recorded birthday cards, put them in the ground and it drives the moles crazy. My neighbour uses the long handled mole killer thingys. I have recently aquired a Jack Russell and my neighbour tells me he is getting rats in his garden that used to live under the concrete block supporting my oil tank. He is now enjoying taking pot shots with a gas powered air gun as they run along the top of his fence.


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 12:30

Thank you Dove

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:01

Megga, there are people on this forum who can help you;(sadly I am not one of them); start a new thread about your probs with photos.

Discussions started by artjak

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: 08/09/2014 at 13:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 10:16

More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 03:25

bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

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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