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Latest posts by artjak

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:49

Pansyf, comice are supposed to be great


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:22

Birdy, a domestic bin like a Dalek or a timber one (I think that is called a New Zealand bin) does not get hot enough to kill the seeds from Perennial weeds. One of the new Hot Bins (£150) would kill them. But generally Garden Organic (who train us Compost Masters) say that it is ok to use grass cuttings in an ordinary bin. When you think about how much the wind and the birds distribute seeds around your garden, annual weed seeds from the compost are the least of our problems.

To turn the contents of a Dalek, go on line and google Compost Stirrer. Mine is shaped like an arrow and is very useful; there is one shaped like an auger (drill bit) which may demand less welly to use. Or just shimmy the contents around a bit with a garden fork.

The point is to introduce air to stop the contents becoming anaerobic (smelly/slimy).

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:13

Pansyface, so sorry you lost your Pear tree.

Here in the Fens, a most beautiful morning and not too cold (though I shall be pleased when my new boiler is installed)

It's my birthday

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:09

FG, so sorry to have missed your Birthday. Hope you can celebrate properly now you are well. Have a great year and may your garden flourish

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:05

Thomas Hardy's work is just brilliant; you get such a sense of how the landscape influences the characters. But I'm jolly glad that I didn't live in those times, society was so restricting for women.

Wow, what a sunset!

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:59


tree shaker tool survey need help

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:58

A friend bought a telescopic lopper/fruit gatherer which seems to do the trick. (a lopper is a device for cutting small branches)

New Dralek

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:41

I'll swop you some leaves for some grass, my lawn is minute (no I don't have a newt!)


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:40

I had just started work as a graphic designer for ITN, I think I started in the September and I was only 18. When the news came in about the Aberfan disaster even the most cynical, hard-bitten journalists were shocked. It was a truly appalling event, and as I understand, preventable.

New Dralek

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:35

If you have a load of leaves and lots of grass cuttings, mix them together for high speed leaf mold in a separate container (black bin liners with holes in them), add some water and wait a year or two.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

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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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

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: 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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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

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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