Latest posts by artjak

Visiting Wonderful Gardens

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 21:00

Kef and Busy-Lizzie, thank you.

KT53, how do you get hold of the 'yellow book'?

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:44

Welsh onion, I SO agree about monkey puzzles; my landlord planted one in the front garden when I lived in London; I used to risk life, limb and eyesight trying to weed underneath it. Ghastly!

Visiting Wonderful Gardens

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:35

Hello Nutcutlet, thank you. I went to Stow Bardolph (?) some years ago and that was lovely. But my fave visit this year was when doing my 'compost master' thing at some allotments in Hunstanton; I learnt so much; from a brilliant pipe and gutter arrangement around a small greenhouse for catching rain, to just the standard of the veg and the plots were big! Much bigger than my humble veg bed, those allotmenteers worked very hard. They all seemed to rub along pretty well together, though I have heard about 2 other allotments in Norfolk where the people seem to be at loggerheads all the time; v. sad.

I like the garden in Wisbech attached to Peckover House, they have some wonderful trees. All these places as you may agree, benefit from being visited before August, after that they can present a rather tired look.

silly quotes

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:05

Earlier, someone posted 'you can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink'. Dorothy Parker, the brilliant American writer did a different version; 'You can take a whore to culture, but you can't make her think'. Hope this isn't too naughty.

Composter not composting!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 16:45

Patty3, the 'brandling worms' (or 'tiger worms') from the fishing shop are very good for a wormery, but with a compost bin the red worms seem to appear by magic; though I help the bin along with a shovel of horse manure at the bottom.

Colin, I am surprised that the bin instructions said it did not need turning; incorporating air along with your 50% nitrogen (greens) and 50% carbon (browns) is essential, so much so that the fastest domestic cool systems are tumbling bins. You can buy different compost turning tools cheaply on the internet. (£10 ish) Also you could try putting down a tarpauline and simpy tipping the bin over onto it, then refilling it; if it is slimy and smelly near the base, add scrunched up sheets of newspaper to increase carbon, if it is VERY dry, a little water or pee. Good luck with it

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 16:36

Hello Verdun! I do the same with the Verbs, pot up the seedlings and then, as it is the Fens, overwinter in G/House. I find that the ones that I don't lose in the winter take SO long to get going the following year.

Visiting Wonderful Gardens

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 16:27

Thank you Dove, which gardens did you visit last summer?

Slippery decking

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:14

The paths on my veg bed are timber covered with chicken netting; every now and then I lift them and scrub earth off with a scrubbing brush (takes 2 seconds) and it works fine.

Visiting Wonderful Gardens

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:09

Hello again everyone (had a v. busy summer, so could not post anything) Dove, I adore going to see big gardens, sometimes with a neighbour who has a big herbacious border and we behave like 2 school girls on a day trip. At Houghton Hall this summer, I think we were more excited by the gardens than by the stunning Art Exhibition. We always come away with ideas for planting, summer houses, composting; we track down the gardeners and bombard them with questions, in fact we generally make a nuisance of ourselves.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 22:21

From an old seaside postcard;

Daphne, over the garden fence, says to Flo next door, 'Well I sent my husband down the garden to fetch a cabbage; he went and fell over and died!'

'Oh my' says Flo, 'what did you do?'

'Well,' says Daphne, 'I had to open a tin of peas,'

Discussions started by artjak

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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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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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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Advice needed on propagation 
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