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Latest posts by artjak

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:49

Like that echinacea milkshake Verdun

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:12

Very moving poems from Fishy and Frank

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:54

BM, love that blue jug.

This weeks flower arrangements;

 Almost the last of the sweet peas in an Ikea milk bottle

 Stocks and Verbena Bonarienses, there aren't many long stemmed things at the moment

 Just a real Cottage Garden bunch

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.

Discussions started by artjak

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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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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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 10:16

More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 03:25

bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:54

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 20:12

Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 14:57

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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