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Latest posts by artjak

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:35

OL, that bit of your garden looks fabulous; love the fence, very redolent of cottage gardens at Chelsea Flower Show. Do you have an old bench in there?

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:30

In the nineties, I was working on a building site in the US Virgin Islands. The guys assembled a scaffold tower for me and then said,'How will you get up there?'

'On the integral ladder, just like you did' was my reply. I can't imagine what was going through their heads; did they think I would need a fork lift to get up there?

Avocado pit

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 07:30

Avocados can actually suffer from sunburn; how they manage to grow them in places like Israel I don't know. A friend once grew an avocado in his bathroom; it grew so large that he trained it to go around the edge of the ceiling, it looked wonderful

Growing basil and other herbs

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 07:24

Tomsk, I use those supermarket plants often, but I just pot them up and keep in the kitchen. They are usually quite etiolated and would need hardening off before planting outside in case there is a cold night.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 07:21

Blackberries are pretty invasive, keep an eye on it's progress if you are keeping it.

If you really want b/b's it may be better to dig this one up and get a named variety from a nursery.

No such thing as a bargain!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 07:15

julie williams, welcome Hope you enjoy the forum.

Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:12

Could you post one to me please?

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:10

Oh, but Verdun; do you know where your coat is without a woman to find it for you. I just have memories of 'Where are my socks?' and 'Where is my shirt, and oh, it hasn't been ironed!'

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:08

Get your hat too verdun!

Old Fashioned / Cottage Garden

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:07

Either buy plants or get seeds of single, NOT double blooming plants, avoid the black one as I think that is quite a recent type. I have been growing from seed for the first time this year, using Antwerp Mixed plus some other mixes. The plants are now about 10cm tall and will flower next year. I have no idea what colours they will be.

I suggest that you also get Delphiniums for the height, Lupins if you have the space; they have a short flowering period and I don't have room for them.

Discussions started by artjak

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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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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