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Latest posts by artjak

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 19:47

My drill (bought as a Christmas present by my rather DIY innocent brother 42 years ago who said to the sales assistant in Selfridges 'My sister wants a drill with a vibrator' - I had asked for a drill with a hammer action) still has it's original chuck key because I keep it attached to the lead with a piece of string which has only had to be replaced once in 42 years. I have bought other drills to put my old one out to grass, the first one the chuck flew off so I returned it to the shop, the second one is so low powered I just use it permanently for countersinking. It is not allowed to do anything else until it grows up!

A little treat.

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:46

Love the pics

How Would You Over-Winter These?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:44

One of my neighbours has a gardener who digs them up before the frosts (they are in a large trough outside ) and stores the roots in an outhouse, wrapped in straw or similar.

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:41

Can you do a photo from an upstairs window, so we get the whole thing?

It is going to be a very interesting and ultimately rewarding project and this really is a good time of year to make a start. You won't be stuck indoors at the weekends this winter!

Well, I never knew that!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

I suppose if your job is to peer through microscopes at 'things' you start to realise that there are applications in the wider world for the processes you have seen.

Automated greenhouse - Year 12 AS Systems and Control project!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:09

Elliot, I don't understand the measurements; it is so tiny that a person could not stand up in it.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:05

Scrunch up the sheets of newspaper and they will take air into the centre of the compost mix where it is needed.

Putting the worms from the compost bin into the borders is a bit of a waste; they do so much good work in the bin.

If you have a lot of grass cuttings, I believe they can speed up the process of making leaf mold.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:01


tree shaker tool survey need help

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:58

I've done the survey Betti, but I feel you are not asking the right questions;

Yes I would like a tool to help harvest fruit, but NOT one that shakes the tree as all the fruit would get bruised.

Well, I never knew that!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:55

From my magazine 'The Week'; The secrets of the butterfly's wings are being unravelled by scientists at the Natural History Museum. For all their colour, butterfly wings are actually transparent; their hues are the result not of pigments, which absorb some light, but of reflective nano-structures which split light into different colours. Professor Andrew Parker has managed to grow wing material ...from a blue morpho butterfly and is hoping to upscale the process to use commercially on materials.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Has anyone grown them? 
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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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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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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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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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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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