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Latest posts by artjak

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:42

Veg beds? My soil is pretty alkaline and the veg love it. If your veg beds are elsewhere, you could grow Globe Artichokes here which become pretty big but are very beautiful and great to eat.

Bird feeders

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:32

It's that time of year for the RSPB garden bird count; text 'bird' to 70020 and they will tell you all about it. I did it last year, but I think the birds got wind of it and had a day trip to Cambridge: there were virtually none in my garden that day


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:07

Orlaya Grandiflora is lovely, I think I got the seeds from the Telegraph online garden shop.

Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:05

I'm a bit puzzled; how come some of the blog addresses work as direct links to click on and others don't?

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 13:00

Hello Gulliver, You could make a list of small projects, e.g.

1.Clear left side of ivy

2.Use old knife/trowel to clear weeds around path, or use weedkiller......

make sure that each project only takes 2 or 3 hours, leaving you time to clear up afterwards. Bag up the weeds and take them to your local Council Dump. In future you could compost the annual weeds before they set seed, but you cannot do that with perennials. For large garden projects break them down into small jobs.

Don't forget to tick each one off as it is achieved

help with garlic

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 12:45

I plant my garlic in the veg bed which is a mix of compost and sharp sand to aid drainage. I can't imagine any bulb which is not suitable for planting at the edge of a pond would like to be sitting neck deep in water for the 2 coldest months of the year.

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:08

Should it be lard or beef suet in homemade fatballs? I am not sure about the difference as I use neither in cooking.


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:00

Hamza, I have answered your garlic query on your other (garlicky) thread. When it comes to planting anything from seed, it really pays to read the suppliers recommendations for planting times on the packet. Sometimes you can get away with planting a bit late in the spring and summer, but in the Autumn the ground cools down and some things won't germinate.

help with garlic

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:55

Yes, I would replant them; unless you can drill a few holes near the base of the pot (if it is plastic) they love being outside. As far as I understand, they need the cold to help them split into cloves. If you have to grow them in a pot, not the open ground, then make sure they have good drainage. Good luck with them

santa's growhouse

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 19:09

I had a tomato growhouse a while back and used it for propagating from about April onwards (I had a tiny paraffin heater) and growing toms later in the season.

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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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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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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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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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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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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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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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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