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Latest posts by artjak

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 16:21

The Fens; heavy rain earlier. My broad beans are looking depressed.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 10:11

The Fens; blowy, sunny, not too nippy.

feeding houseplants

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 10:09

Jean R, some of my house plants would like to come and live with you

feeding houseplants

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:19

I had to look after a large amount of superb house plants once for a landscape gardener. She insisted (but nicely!) that the plants had to be fed 'baby bio' in exact amounts every week. I have never seen, except in good nurserys, plants in such amazing condition. Another plant expert suggested that house plants 'like' to be well groomed, i.e. remove all dead or dying material on a regular basis.

Tasty and unusual fruit

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:13

You have said that you are short of space, but would you be able to 'pleach' or 'espalier' some small trees against a wall or fence? I'm thinking fabulous apricots and lucious greengages. I know they are not considered madly exotic, but how many people do you know that are actually growing them?

50mm rain water diverter

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 12:59

IMDF, you might try greenhouse suppliers.

Overgrown rose bush

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 22:01

Disco, I agree!

The Year of the Slug

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 20:22

chilli lover OMG! I really loathe slugs; the thought of them being 5" long!!!


Posted: 25/01/2013 at 18:41

As my lawn is tiny and plugging the very twisted curly lead into an extension is a pain in the neck, I would love a very cheap, tiny, cordless lawn mower.

Overgrown rose bush

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 18:31

There are a few things to consider here. Are the branches that flowered growing from below the graft (a thickening of the main stem sometimes just above or below soil level). If it comes from below the graft and it is an oldish plant then it could have reverted to the root stock, probably rosa canina or dog rose (?). These days they are grafted onto apple root stock so there is no danger of these 'suckers' which are very vigorous and take energy away from the rest of the plant. The other thing to consider is as mentioned above, the danger of rose repeat disease and according to a T.V. programme about a year or so ago, you can avoid having to replace/sterilise earth by planting the new rose in a cardboard box. By the time the roots grow through it the plant is strong enough to withstand whatever causes this disease.

Discussions started by artjak

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 18:26

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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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 22:32


Advice needed on propagation 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:54

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 20:12

Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 11:31

Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Last Post: 06/05/2014 at 17:17


Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 14:57

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 20:42

Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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Last Post: 27/03/2014 at 20:57
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