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Latest posts by artjak

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:41

Ha, Ha...who sez we grew up...I'll see u behind the bike shed

phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:33

I love Phlox, but prefer the old fashioned ones without stripes; they have a density of colour and smoothness of tone that completely beguiles me


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:29

There may be different varieties. I'm a bit 'off' James Wong at the moment, I bought some of his Sea Kale seeds and tried germinating them in different ways but none of them has come up


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 13:45

I ate one at Garden Organic last year, about the size of a large Walnut. It was delicious, I suppose one would add them to either a salad or fruit salad. It wasn't bitter.

Help. Not sleeping.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 11:07

When I experienced this at the beginning of the menopause, I was so desperate after months with only 2 or 3 hours of sleep that I went to a Homeopath. He gave me some stuff to take and it upped my sleep to 5 or 6 hours per night; bliss.

I know a lot of studies are pretty negative about Homeopathy, but I think if it works, use it.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 10:57

Have just sent them a message, hopefully they will get back to me after the Bank Holiday


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 10:52

(I feel like Dr. Who now) A few years ago there was a piece on Gardener's Question Time about horse manure that was killing people's gardens. It was caused by residues of weed killer (presumably for killing ragwort) that had passed through the horse's digestive system.

I don't know much about weed killers, but would NEVER personally put plants treated with it on the compost heap, just to be on the safe side. When I use 'Weed and Feed' on the lawn, the packet says not to compost the first 2 or 3 cuts of grass. I know some weedkillers are neutralised on contact with soil, but I still would not feel happy about this.

Have just looked through my notes on what one can and cannot compost; there is no mention of weedkiller. So am going to email Garden Organic and ask them.

It's my birthday

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 10:33

Panda, love the archway. What will you be growing over it?

The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:54

Tomato seeds will survive a sewerage plant process!

Verbena Bonariensis in my garden, does not get re-cycled through compost, but simply self seeds with or without help from birds and insects. It means that come September I will dig out all this year's little seedlings and overwinter them in the g/h.

If it is a warmish winter, like last year, then this year's plants will keep going, but normally I lose them in a cold winter. So next spring the over-wintered seedlings will get planted out.

Bag the weeds!

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:47

Good idea LP

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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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55
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