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Latest posts by artjak

Water Butts

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:08

madP, what a brilliant idea.

What a difference 24 hours makes

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:02

Today was cooler than it has been for a while; makes it far easier to work outside without collapsing

Plant Hunters Fairs 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

We do have fantastic plant auctions in Wisbech. A neighbour had a huge area a couple of years ago to turn into an herbacious border; she and I went to the auctions and had such fun

The problem with these auctions is you often have to buy a whole tray of plants. With the larger things you can buy singles. I have seen serious London garden designers gobble up a 'lot' of roses cheaply; wonder what the sell them on at

Wood charcoal ash

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:50

I know wood ash is fine in compost (coal ash: NO) I don't know really what lump wood charcoal is, sorry

Hardy Hibiscus

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:48

Someone told me once that Hibiscus need water even more than heat. Mine is planted outside the front fence on very poor almost sandy soil, facing South West, it gets watered once a year if I remember. Perhaps they thrive on neglect?

Plant Hunters Fairs 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:43

The nearest Plant Fair is 137 miles away; they all seem to be around Birmingham and points West of there.

Dinner time

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:33

Followed, vaguely, a recipe on you tube; chopped onions, garlic, cook for a while in a little oil; add chopped calaloo and chard plus coconut milk, cook till reduced a bit. Et voila! Jolly nice too

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:30

BB, you could use the watering can or bucket in future for flowers; when I met Top Bird at The Old Vicarage Garden Outing, she said that she had been taught to tie the flowers with twine before placing them in the vase and that stopped them from flopping about.

That blue and white vase is great for them

Dinner time

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:08

Today I will be cooking Calaloo Red leaf for the first time, I first came across it in the U.S. Virgin Islands in a soup (the veg, not the Islands) Will report back on results.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:05

BizzieB, love those rosehips

FG, that combination is stunning, it was a very bold move to paint the fence black, but it really works

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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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

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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