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Latest posts by artjak

How do i find out if we have any hedgehogs?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:55

There was one on my lawn a few weeks ago, quite big too. I felt very honoured by his visit. A friend figured out he had come through a hole in the fence.

The plastic that can't be recycled

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:52

I now get the large tubs of Greek yoghurt from Lidl as they are so useful for mixing paint, carrying small bulbs/plants round the garden, carrying bird seed to feeders etc. I really, really try to always have a cotton bag when I go shopping, but don't always succeed I prefer to buy veg from the local farm shops as they use paper bags which can be re-used/composted. I am so glad that eggs are now sold in papier mache boxes, not plastic, so they too can be composted.

Removing tree stumps and roots

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:46

With one root, I knelt on the ground (with knee pads on) for about 4 hours and attacked it with an axe. It worked. Dove, I agree; it keeps us healthy!


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:44

I have had one for about 9 months; in a pot, in the g/house, it has not stopped flowering I think next year I will pot it on and harden it off, then have it outside in the summer. Just read in Sarah Raven (very expensive) plant catalogue that to pick them you pull from the base as with rhubarb. Will try that. Mine is 'rhubarb and custard' and is very pretty. As cut flowers they last for ages.

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:40

A winter garden? Cornus? Other shrubs that have good Autumn colour?

Bird feeders

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 18:26


I wish I did not like biscuits so much

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:53


I just take a cup of tea - I'm allergic to wheat. So unless I've made my wheat free lavender shortbread there are no biccys The wheat free ones in the shops are spectacularly horrid.

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:50

I hack away at mine in early summer; did it really hard last time and have been rewarded with more flowers than ever before.

roses from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:49

Ooh yes please blairs Saw some very beautiful apricot roses today and would love to grow some like that.

Feeding large birds

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:46

The Collared Doves are very happy on the little metal plate that fastens to the underside of the Niger seed feeder; 2 of them at a time!

Discussions started by artjak

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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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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worst gardening old wives tales

what is the worst mis-information you have been given? 
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Hamburg parsley

Growing info please 
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plant I.D. please

plant in neighbours garden 
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Day out to RHS Hyde Hall

Just some pics that I took 
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Talkback: How to grow celeriac

I'm growing celeriac for the first time this year as I love making celeriac remoulade. Seeing the photos in the 'how to do it' article makes... 
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Last Post: 27/02/2014 at 22:06

Become a Compost Expert

Free training to become a compost master 
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Help for flooded gardens

help for flooded gardens 
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Tibouchina Grandiflora Lepidota

Any info about care 
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Any tips on groing lisianthus 
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Garlic wars!

Garlic cloves are being dug up. 
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email responses

Why don't I get email responses 
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