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Latest posts by artjak

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:50

Beaus Mum, you may like to grow this one next year; Cosmos seashell

 It is curious how each petal forms a mini trumpet

What to grow after peas and beans?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:39

pumpernickel, KEF is right, the nitrogen on the bean roots seems to not be available to other plants.

I have just been working out crop rotation from the RHS site. As far as I can see, you follow legumes with brassicas, but add compost/well rotted manure first. Don't grow root veg if you have added the compost as it will make them grow into weird shapes

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:31

I would cook them ASAP then freeze the cooked dish if you don't need it straight away

Garden Design/Future Trends

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:43

Susan, you may get a better response if you ask specific questions rather than such open ended ones.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:41

BBC Good Food had 10 courgette recipes the other week.

I had a large white courgette this week and did this;

Set oven to 180, butter a largeish oven proof dish,

Slice tomatoes and cover base of dish.

Slice courgette and place in a layer, Slice 3 or 4 large spring onions and a good handful of fresh herbs, sprinkle these over courgette.

Do 2 more layers as above. whisk 7 or 8 eggs with salt and pepper and pour on. Grate some cheese or slice cold boiled potatoes, enough for one layer, then some cheese.

Place in oven for about 50 minutes, checking to see top does not burn and that all the egg has set.

Serve hot or cold.

Drama in the compost heap

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 21:18

Drama in the compost heap

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 21:02

So what is the large Grass Snake in my garden living on? There is no pond here, some years there are a few toads, but nothing really for this kind of creature.

Tatty-looking, web-festooned plants

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:56

Kathy It is just the time of the year; borders always look a bit exhausted by August. Make sure everything is well watered and possibly feed flowering plants, cut off dead looking bits hose down tired looking foliage if there has not been any rain and enjoy the rest of the summer.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:52

Oldtimer2, In the past I have let them grow till they are as large as the ones that I buy. This year they seem to be taking longer to mature, may have to re-think my strategy

Caretaker couple- Italy

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:42

Sadly Flossie Flo pretty much attacks other dogs if I am around (like I need a body guard with legs 4" long) she is fine in the mixed kennels, or when staying with friends, it is just her mission in life to keep an eye on me

I have spent too much of my life living and working abroad to want to do that again; I love the English countryside - I am living in paradise, why move?

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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