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Latest posts by artjak

Weeds from next door

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:41

Lyn, don't you believe it! My garden backs onto a field with a difficult owner; I get bindweed, nettles and hog weed trying to escape from the field into my garden. I now have the habit of pulling weeds up as I walk near the fence. It seems to keep it under control. A few years back, the nice chap who was renting the field suggested that I put down membrane and cover it with bark on the field side. This I did (£50 plus my time); the owner ripped it all up and plonked it in my garden within a week. Even though it saved them from hand spraying up near my fence, which they never bother to do....

Best and worst

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:34

I don't mind weeding that much; it gives me the chance to really see what's going on at ground level.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:27

 his is the Apricot blossom in the greenhouse

 This is a Ranunculous (no idea how to spell it!) that I got the other day simply because the colour is so joyous.

Best and worst

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 18:01

Best job; everything to do with growing fruit, veg and flowers.

Wost job; cleaning the paving stones on my hands and knees witha scrubbing brush!

Help needed: Trying to identify a flower

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 17:54

I would place the pot in a slightly larger container, so you can give it a decent amount of water each time, water it with 'Baby Bio' in the water (that is a plant food for indoor plants). When a flower dies back, cut it off. The flowering period for indoor cyclamens is almost over. You could then pot it into a slightly larger pot, give it a little water each week through the summer then in the autumn start feeding it again for the the winter flowering season. Good luck with it, I have kept these indoor plants going for 6 or more years with a bit of TLC

Whoops, have realised I didn't read all of your post; you may have a problem getting a replacement indoor cyclamen at this time of the year; you may have to wait until late summer.

Weeds from next door

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:44

Is the landlady the owner of the house with the untidy garden? I wasn't quite clear about that. She says that she can't get access to the garden? She has the right to gain access when she gives her tenants 48 hours notice in writing, though it is polite to give a little more time. She could insist that they keep the garden tidy or she could lay down weed suppressing membrane and gravel or lay bark over the top.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:34

On another thread someone suggested 'can furnace'. If you google this you will get to an inventors blog which tells you exactly how to make it. The principle is; lots of aluminium cans painted black, stacked inside a box covered in glass or plastic. Cold air enters at the base and travels up through the cans which have holes at both ends, and exits at the top as warm air, through a hose into the G/h

Need Bees This Year!

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:30

I used to have one bed entirely filled with lavender; the buzzing of the bees on it could be heard in the house! Problem was I used to have to harvest the flowers by torchlight to avoid being stung.

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:26

Driving to see friends yesterday I noticed how the countryside still looks like January; sear, brown and dull, with small pockets of snow blown up against the hedgerows. There must be tens of thousands of us gardeners up and down the country just desperate to get going. But typical gardener style, we are mostly being optimistic that in just a few days, maybe a week the weather will improve. Brilliant

Black Poppies

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 14:32

blame it on the cold!

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