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Latest posts by artjak

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.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 18:03

Tomorrow I am cooking slow roast stuffed boned lamb shoulder, using loads of my home grown garlic. I may use my pickled garlic to give it a 'lift', with chopped capers. It is marinating over night in white wine with homemade preserved lemons.

My cold-unit storage/ cold room in basement

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 17:59

I have just put some lamb to marinate in my unheated studio overnight, I feel the 'fridge would be too cold and the house would be too hot; a goldilocks situation


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:19

Sotongeoff, I think we may have frightened him away


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 17:54

Sotongeoff; See my post from yesterday, in my last post just above, I was referring to my own experience with a large seed firm

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