London (change)
Today 12°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 11°C


Latest posts by artjak


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:26

Hi Topbird, I have 2 medium Daleks and 1 large one (only got it a few weeks ago). I don't have bases for them, but they are situated in a sunny position on DPC, covered with gravel. In 10 years or so have never had problems with rats. The best way to deter rats is to situate bins near a high traffic area in your garden, the rats don't like that. So, for example, all my bins are just next to where I park the car, and on the way to the wood and kindling store. Also I empty kitchen waste into the bin at least once a day also garden waste. There is just too much activity for them to feel safe.

You could always hit the side of your bin with a bamboo cane every time you pass by

The Henry Doubleday Assoc. is now Garden Organic.

Field Beans as Green Manure

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:16

NewBoy, I think the key word is September

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:36

Very useful thread; FG, could you post that pic for us please?


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:26

The Charity 'Garden Organic' who taught us Compost Masters about making and using compost have recently advised, re turning compost; 

Two particular areas of concern are

1. Inhalation of bioaerosols (microorganisms and/or other small biological particles suspended in air)

2. Contact with human pathogens (through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact)

The good news is that 'analysis of the available world-wide literature by Garden Organic found only two reported cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis resulting from the domestic situation.'

'Little is known about pathogens in a domestic composting situation. Research ...the risk of exposure is low...'

I do not so much turn the entire compost bin as loosen it up to make sure that air gets in to avoid the process becoming anaerobic.

Storing potted herbs

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:09

I will bump this, as I have never done woody cuttings; perhaps someone else will know, or start a separate thread for the rosemary cuttings.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:07

Runnyb, I posted the soup recipe on the Big Courgette thread; it is so good I'm making it for the second time!

Field Beans as Green Manure

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:02

...are field beans (which I believe are related to Broad Beans and I think are the only bean indiginous to Europe) supposed to be planted at this time of year? Or are they the type you plant in the Autumn? I would give them a bit longer; if one has sprouted maybe the others are not far behind just make sure they are in moist earth. I thought the farmers round here, who export beans to Egypt planted in the spring, but perhaps I only notice them growing in the spring.

Clear pond please !!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:54

A small bale of barley straw, probably available from a pet shop will clear it; it's what all my neighbours use. BUT the EU in it's infinite wisdom has apparently forbidden it's use for this purpose as it has not been tested. So I would just go ahead and get the barley straw as I hear the barley straw police are having tea at the moment.


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:50

Here in the Fens, I needed a hot water bottle last night Am worried about toms ripening if it carries on being this cold, especially at night.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:46

Homemade Damson wine, home grown fennel and pear soup and homemade bread with cumin and a slice of manchego (?) cheese

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
Replies: 6    Views: 348
Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

Replies: 40    Views: 1399
Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
Replies: 13    Views: 548
Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
Replies: 4    Views: 476
Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
Replies: 4    Views: 505
Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
Replies: 34    Views: 1486
Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
Replies: 0    Views: 429
Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
Replies: 49    Views: 1911
Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
Replies: 1    Views: 431
Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
Replies: 5    Views: 477
Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
Replies: 52    Views: 1853
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? 
Replies: 27    Views: 838
Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
Replies: 2    Views: 480
Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
Replies: 2    Views: 441
Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
Replies: 24    Views: 1210
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55
1 to 15 of 61 threads